Blended investment to support not-for-profit organisations and community business throughout the UK.
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity established to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. The AHF provides advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by UK-based charities, community businesses and social enterprises with a built-heritage focus.
The AHF’s Heritage Projects Fund makes short-term loans of between £15,000 and £1 million to support projects that involve a change of ownership and/or bring about the beneficial re-use of historically important buildings. The funding can be used for the acquisition of a historic building, or to provide working capital throughout a restoration project.
Priority will be given to projects that:
Alongside this Fund, the AHF have launched its new Community Heritage Projects Fund, which offers blended social investments – in the form of loans and community shares – of between £15,000 and £50,000 to support specific heritage building projects as well as the activities and sustainability of community enterprises working with or within buildings of heritage significance, to enable them to thrive. Eligible organisations are expected to be able to demonstrate that their work brings positive impacts upon their respective communities and the whole of society.
All social investments made by AHF are expected to contribute towards its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities:
Applications may be submitted at any time.