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.
Restoring England’s Heritage - BBC1, 5 December. This programme looked at some of the most important buildings at risk in England and the people who are trying to save them. Different buildings were featured in each of the BBC’s regions. As many of the campaigns were led by local voluntary groups, it was inevitable that a number would be well-known to the AHF and have benefited from our grants and loans.
AHF Client Portland Works wins Heritage Heroes Award.
Portland Works in Sheffield has won the 2013 Heritage Heroes Award, announced by The Heritage Alliance Chairman Loyd Grossman at the Heritage Day event on 5 December at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Loyd Grossman paid tribute to the Architectural Heritage Fund as a prime supporter of the project when presenting the award to Derek Morton of Portland Works.
The Architectural Heritage Fund is delighted to see that King Edward Mine has been successful in its bid for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, following the AHF’s own investment of £200,000 through the Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk, funded by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and English Heritage. We wish the project every success as it moves forward. Full press release here: www.cornwall.gov.uk
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.