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The Architectural Heritage Fund

Registered charities, industrial and provident societies, community benefit societies and community interest companies that are developing a project involving the repair and reuse of a building at risk may apply for grants of up to £10,000. Organisations must own the project building or be planning to acquire it. Ownership is taken to mean freehold or long leasehold of at least 21 years and a day.

Funding is intended to help with the repair and reuse of a listed building, or of an unlisted building of historic interest in a Conservation Area. Buildings must be ‘at risk’ as featured on the Heritage at Risk Register or on a local authority’s register of buildings at risk. If the building is not on a register, but it can be demonstrated in some other way that it is at risk, it may still qualify for funding. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Buildings must be located in Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire.

Grants will help cover the initial development costs. Any proposal for development work will be considered as long as it is directly related to a project involving the rescue of an historic building.

Eligible expenditure may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Site surveys, such as structural, archaeological or contamination surveys.
  • Specialist advice (eg legal, financial, VAT).
  • Business planning.
  • Mentoring by an experienced Project Manager or similar.
  • Project Co-ordinator costs.
  • Specialist consultants (eg economic, tourism, energy efficiency).

The grants can cover 100% of the total cost of development work. Although no match funding is required, applicants are encouraged to seek donations from other sources and should demonstrate clear financial need for the grant.

The scheme runs until the end of 2014. The closing dates for applications in 2013 are 6 February, 15 May, 14 August and 23 October.

Full details may be found on the AHF website (opens in new window).

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