Welcome to the Funds for Historic Buildings Website
The Funds for Historic Buildings website is a comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert for a new use any historic building in the United Kingdom (excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) which is listed, scheduled or in a conservation area and of acknowledged historic merit. It includes details of virtually all substantive funding sources which specialise in historic buildings, as well as many (including a variety of regeneration programmes) which provide funding for historic building projects within a wider remit.
This resource brings together all the material previously contained in a number of separate publications: the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Directory of Funding Sources covering England and Wales; Historic Scotland’s Sources of Financial Help for Scotland’s Historic Buildings and the DOE Northern Ireland: Environment and Heritage Service’s Directory of Funds for Historic Buildings, Northern Ireland. It also contains extended notes on selected topics and a variety of other more detailed information.
This website allows you to search for a specific funding source, or for sources which are relevant to your project. It also gives useful advice on how to maximise your chances of success when making funding applications.
Direct access to the websites of the relevant bodies supporting this resource may be obtained by clicking on the appropriate logos below.
How it works
The website comprises a number of distinct sections, as follows:
The Search section (see right) accesses the detailed information on the funding sources which constitute the core of the database underlying this website.
The Funding Advice section contains helpful general information on seeking funding. Users are particularly recommended to read the note entitled "Fundraising from Individuals and Companies".
The Other Advice section provides information on organisations that primarily offer advice and assistance (but not funding) to those engaged in the repair or restoration of historic buildings.
The Regeneration Funding section provides further information about this increasingly important and potentially valuable source of funding.
The Contacts section provides contact information for a number of bodies likely to be of particular interest to those involved in the repair and restoration of historic buildings, together with dynamic links to their websites, where appropriate.
The Stop Press section alerts users to information which has been added to the site recently – such as new funding sources, or notes on the impact of recent legislation - and to material changes to existing entries. It also includes other time-sensitive information such as funding programmes with imminent application deadlines.
Access to this website is free of charge to all users. The AHF gratefully acknowledges partial funding for this project from English Heritage, CADW, Historic Scotland and Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland