The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.



The AHF cannot help private owners, developers, religious buildings in continuing use or projects that only involve routine maintenance and repairs.

To check whether your project qualifies for AHF help, please answer the following questions:


Is the building listed or in a conservation area?
Is your organisation a charity or other not-for-profit organisation?
Is the building at risk?
Are you looking for a repair grant only?
Is the building in continuous religious use?
Sorry, we are unable to help you with a grant or loan, but go to our Links page for other possible funding sources.
The AHF may be able to help you. For further information on the next steps go to the Grants and Loans page.

If you are unsure if the project is eligible, please either email us or call us on 020 7925 0199, and we will be happy to advise you.


The AHF is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, founded in 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings at risk for the benefit of the public. Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area and of acknowledged historic merit – and ideally involves a change of ownership and /or use – the AHF can help by:

  • Being involved at the earliest stages of a project to give advice and information.
  • Working constructively with organisations to identify viable new uses for redundant or under-used buildings.
  • Providing vital financial assistance in the form of grants and competitive loans.
  • Putting people in touch with other organisations working in their area.

The AHF’s lending resources derive from government grants, donations and accumulated surplus of income over expenditure. AHF grant programmes are financed by interest on loans and bank deposits and grant-aid from English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

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