Grants of up to £350,000 are available to support charitable organisations with historic-building restorations that will contribute towards reinvigorating local high streets in England.
Administered by the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), the Transformational Project Grants scheme is part of the AHF’s Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme. This £15 million programme funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) aims to help England’s high streets and town centres become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper.
Not-for-profit organisations, including charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies and parish and town councils, can apply for grant funding towards the capital costs of restoration projects that will create alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.
Eligible projects should have:
Buildings must be in a high street or town centre in England that is already the focus of a wider strategy or a place-based initiative, which aims to revitalise the surrounding area. The building should also be of special architectural or historic interest and in, or transferring to, community ownership or that of a charitable/social enterprise organisation.
Grants can fund the cost of building acquisition, repair and conservation work and associated fees as well as work required to enable ‘meanwhile’ use or change of use, including services and fit-out.
The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.