Architectural Heritage Fund – Project Development Grants
AHF offers grants of up to £25,000 to registered charities and social enterprises in the UK that need financial assistance to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.
The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works.
Funding is available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revitalising an historic building. Applicants must explain how a particular piece of work or activity will enable this.
Examples of eligible costs include:
- The employment of a project co-ordinator.
- Fees for consultants to help progress the organisation’s plans.
- Property valuation by a RICS registered valuer.
- Fundraising consultants.
- Business planning consultants.
- Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders.
- Costs of community engagement work.
- Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses or for advice on governance.
- VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed.
- Organisation’s overheads/administration costs.
- Costs associated with converting an existing charity or social enterprise into a Community Benefit Society.
Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50 per cent of the cost of the work.
The 2018 deadlines for applications requesting more than £5,000 are 16 February, 11 May, 24 August, and 2 November 2018.