The Architectural Heritage Fund offers advice and information to eligible charities and not-for-profit organisations on how best to rescue buildings at risk. It is important to note that although the AHF does specialise in providing advice on the regeneration of historic buildings, you should always consider seeking further advice from other professionals.
The recognised format for a charity dedicated to the regeneration of historic buildings in a specific area is a Buildings Preservation Trust. The AHF can advise on the formation of a BPT and provide relevant guidance.
The Community Ownership of Assets programme was introduced by the Government in 2007. It encourages communities to take on and care for assets that local authorities and other public bodies are no longer using. This can be an excellent way of focussing the community and saving assets – often local landmarks – from falling into disrepair.