FUNDING: AHF Grants Programme, Transforming Places Through Heritage

Deadline for Applications over £15,000: 21 October 2019 for a mid-Dec 2019 decision

The Architectural Heritage Fund has been established to help social enterprises and charities transform high streets and town centres through new funding.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced a new £62 million fund that will breathe new life into historic high streets and town centres across England. The initiative is part of the government’s plan for High streets announced at last year’s Budget, including a £675 million Future High Streets Fund and a £1 million business rates discount for small high street retailers. High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop online. Building on a number of  successful programmes, the funding will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing. It is part of the Government’s ongoing work to help high streets adapt to changing consumer habits.

Having opened for applications in late June, £15 million of funding will be delivered through The Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Transforming Places through Heritage Programme. Any charity, community business or social enterprise such as charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs) and community benefit societies with proposals which meet the programme objectives can apply to the Fund.

For further information on the Fund and the criteria for applications, Click Here.

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