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.
CAN THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE FUND HELP YOU?
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:
ABOUT YOUR PROJECT
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.
Quick Win from AHF Grant
An AHF Options Appraisal Grant offered to the Paisley Development Trust in September 2012 for the Russell Institute has helped to secure the building’s future, just over a year later. The work undertaken by the Trust has raised the profile of the building and the Options Appraisal itself formed the basis of an application by Renfrewshire Council to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for £2m, which has just been awarded.
The Ivy House Community Pub Limited, Nunhead, London
A Grade II-listed London pub was the first in the country to be rescued from property development due to a unique partnership between the local community – using the Localism Act, a new piece of legislation – the Social Investment Business (SIB), and the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF).
Portland Works Little Sheffield, Randall Street, Sheffield
The Portland Works project is a group of tenants and supporters who have worked together to ensure the survival of one of Sheffield's great buildings. The AHF successfully co-invested with The Key Fund, a North of England social investor, to enable the purchase of the stainless steel cutlery factory in Sheffield, by the craftspeople that run their businesses from its workshops. Built in 1877 and Grade II* listed, it is most notable for being the first place in the world to manufacture stainless steel cutlery.
The John Clare Trust: The Exeter Arms, Church Lane, Helpston, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Tucked away between Stamford and Peterborough lies the village of Helpston, the home of John Clare, widely regarded as one of the greatest English poets. The John Clare Trust purchased John Clare Cottage in 2005, preserving it for future generations.