The Heritage Alliance and is unable to fund or to advise on funding matters, but if you have a query regarding the Directory itself, please email the Communications Team.
The Architectural Heritage Fund is better-placed to offer funding advice and assistance, but please check their website before contacting them.
The Heritage Alliance, a registered charity set up in 2002, is England’s largest coalition of heritage interests.
It brings together over 150 heritage organisations ranging from English Heritage, the National Trust, the Canal & River Trust and Historic Houses to specialist bodies representing visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, museums, funders and academics.
Between them, over 7 million volunteers, trustees, members and staff demonstrate the strength and commitment of the independent heritage movement.
The Alliance acts as a powerful independent voice for England’s heritage. It brings the knowledge and experience of its members into policymaking.
The Alliance builds capacity amongst members to champion and engage with heritage through events and online resources by taking forward initiatives to strengthen the financial resilience of the independent heritage sector and by promoting and embracing partnership opportunities.
With greatest thanks to the generous sponsor of the Heritage Funding Directory
The Historic Houses Foundation (HHF) is a charitable grant-giving foundation which was set up in 2005 as the Country Houses Foundation, changing its name in 2019 following the merger with the Heritage Conservation Trust.
The objects of the Foundation are:
to advance the preservation, for the public benefit, of buildings of sufficient historic or architectural significance or importance to merit preservation together with their gardens and grounds;
to protect and augment the amenities and furnishings, and artwork of any such buildings, gardens and grounds.
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.
They are the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK. Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use – the AHF can help with their advice, development grants or loans to projects that have the potential to deliver substantial social and economic benefits where they are needed most.
For example, during a year alone, they supported over 140 projects ranging geographically from Cornwall to the north of Shetland and spanning chronologically from a 12th-century former hospital building to a 1960s former seminary.
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