Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund's (AHF) grants are designed to help deliver its four overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities:
Objective 1: to support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, to repair and to adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses;
Objective 2: to attract more investment for the conservation and sustainable re-use of the UK’s architectural heritage;
Objective 3: to inspire the start up and growth of new community enterprises that utilise historic buildings and places for public benefit; and
Objective 4: to demonstrate the value of a well-managed historic built environment by championing and showcasing the impact of the projects AHF have supported.
The Project Development Grant (PDG) scheme offers grants up to £25,000 to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site. Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work.
Grants are for project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. Funding is available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revitalising a historic building. Applicants must explain how a particular piece of work or activity will enable this. Examples include:
o Employment of a project co-ordinator, either someone appointed externally on a consultancy basis or an existing employee(s) working additional hours or on a specific project;
o Fees for consultants needed to help progress the organisation's plans, such as architect, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, mechanical or electrical engineer;
o Property valuation by a RICS registered valuer;
o Fundraising consultants;
o Business planning consultants;
o Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders, such as Activity Plan, Training Plan, Conservation Management Plan;
o Costs of community engagement work, such as pop-up events or consultations;
o Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses, such as advice on restrictive covenants, or for advice on governance, such as to develop the organisation's constitutional model to best enable it to take the project forward;
o VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed; or
o Organisation overheads or administration costs.
AHF will assess proposals against the following meaures.Successful applicants will normally need to be assessed as a high priority in three of these categories:
1. Heritage need - priority will be given to projects involving historic buildings that have statutory protection (i.e. listed or in a Conservation Area and of acknowledged historic significance) and at risk. AHF will consider applications for unlisted buildings if it can be shown that they are highly valued as heritage assets by the local community. This may include local listing or being identified as a heritage asset in a neighbourhood or parish plan. AHF will need to see that there will be a conservation-led approach to development in all cases. If the building is not on a national or local register of heritage at risk then applicants should explain why it is under threat. This may be due to the building's condition, redundancy, change of ownership or a current use that economically unsustainable;
2. Social impact - priority will be given to projects that have the potential to make a significant positive social impact, particularly (but not exclusively) in disadvantaged areas such as urban communities experiencing structural economic decline or isolated rural areas with poor access to services. AHF wants to help build stronger and more cohesive communities by supporting projects that will create employment, training and/or volunteering opportunities both during the project’s development and in the years following completion. AHF wants to encourage community ownership of heritage assets and support the growth of community businesses, bringing disused or under-used historic buildings back into productive use. High priority projects will show evidence of active community engagement. The building may be listed as an Asset of Community Value or the applicant may be planning a Community Share issue;
3. Why now? - the work should help the organisation reach planned milestones in the project’s development and there should be a tangible outcome – for acquisition of a property. Is the work absolutely essential at this time? What difference will it make? What might happen if the project is not progressed now? Applicants must be able to show that the project will move forward as a result of the investment. AHF have identified the key stages of a project’s development on its Theory of Change model. Organisations should be better equipped to deliver the project as a result of AHF funding;
4. Financial need - AHF will assess the organisation's ability to contribute towards the cost of the work. Priority will be given to applications that can provide at least 50% partnership funding from other sources. This helps to demonstrate a wider commitment to the project and a willingness to share some of the risk. Even small donations from the local community and funds raised through crowdfunding help to show wider community 'buy-in' to what the organsiation is trying to achieve.
To apply for a grant, organisations must be a formally constituted and incorporated charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability. Partnership bids are welcomed. PLEASE NOTE: if the organisation is not a registered charity then it must have an asset lock in place. This is a provision in the governing document to protect its assets. It means that if the organisation is wound up any assets must be transferred to a similar not-for-profit organisation (another asset-locked body) once creditors have been paid.
Funding is not available for:
o Private individuals;
o Unincorporated trusts or associations;
o Local authorities and other public sector bodies;
o For-private-profit companies, unless in a partnership led by a charity or social enterprise;
o Churches or other places of worship, where the building will remain in use primarily as a place of religious worship;
o Projects that simply involve upgrading existing uses within a building and do not involve a change of ownership;
o Capital works (such as building repairs, installation of services, landscaping, access improvements or heritage interpretation displays).
The application deadlines until the end of 2017 are:
o Wednesday 26 October 2016;
o Wednesday 15 February 2017;
o Wednesday 10 May 2017;
o Wednesday 16 August 2017; and
o wednesday 1 November 2017.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential application with the relevant Support Officer in their area before submitting an application.
Applications forms are available to complete online at the AHF’s website.
Contact details for the Architectural Heritage Fund are:
The Architectural Heritage Fund
3 Spital Yard
London E1 6AQ
Tel: 020 7925 0199
(Source: GRIN)

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