Architectural Heritage Fund focuses on villages

18 Nov 2021 Jocelyn Horton    Last updated: 18 Nov 2021

Seed funding for village revival projects in Northern Ireland from the Architectural Heritage Fund is available now.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is keen to hear from charities or social enterprises based in villages who are interested in finding long-term uses for empty historic buildings (listed or in conservation areas) which target rural poverty and social isolation.

Advice and early-stage Project Viability Grants of up to £10,000 and Project Development Grants of up to £20,000 are available from AHF’s Heritage Transformed, part of AHF’s programme in Northern Ireland, supported by the Department for Communities. 

Project Viability Grants can help groups carry out condition surveys and architectural feasibility studies by suitably qualified heritage professionals; establish broad costs; engage with the community to identify its core needs; test meanwhile uses; and develop business plans. 

Project Development Grants can help move projects on to their next stage of investment readiness, including securing planning permission and listed building consent, or helping to fund a staff member.

While AHF’s usual requirement for match funding is not currently essential, it is desirable as a means of securing buy-in from other stakeholders.

Applications for Project Development Grants need to be made by 10th January 2022.

Project Viability Grant applications can be submitted any time before the end of February 2022. 

Further information about these grants can be accessed here.

Please note that funding is limited, so enquiries are welcome now via: and through Rita Harkin, NI Support Officer, 07789 758080's picture
by Jocelyn Horton

Fundraising Advice Officer

[email protected]

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