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.



We can give advice, grants and loans to help you find new sustainable uses for the historic buildings in your community.

For more information about project eligibility, please either email us or call us on 020 7925 0199, and we will be happy to advise you.

To apply for funding you must be a formally constituted and incorporated not-for-profit organisation whose members have limited liability. This includes:
• Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
• Charitable Companies Limited by Guarantee
• Not-for-profit Companies Limited by Guarantee
• Community Interest Companies (CICs) Limited by Guarantee
• Community Benefit Societies
• Parish and Town Councils; Community Councils (in Wales)

If your organisation is not a registered charity then it must have an asset lock in place. This is a provision in the governing document to protect its assets. It means that if the organisation is wound up any assets must be transferred to a similar organisation (another asset-locked body) once creditors have been paid.

We are not able to support:
• private individuals
• unincorporated trusts or associations
• organisations developing projects at buildings in use for religious worship, where the building will remain in use primarily as a place of worship
• for-profit companies, unless in a partnership led by a not-for-profit organisation


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 Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Cadw and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

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