Historic environment financial support

The Historic Environment Division’s aim is to ‘help communities to enjoy and realise the value of our historic environment’. One way of doing this is through providing financial assistance.

Historic environment financial support

The Historic Environment Division’s aim is to ‘help communities to enjoy and realise the value of our historic environment’. One way of doing this is through providing financial assistance.

Historic Environment Fund

The Department seeks to support works and activity aimed at: conserving heritage assets and increasing our knowledge and public awareness of the historic environment.

This arranges support under four 'Streams' - Applications are considered in batches and ranked relative to published criteria.

This year, to allow the maximum time for site work the Department has opened the Fund earlier than it did in previous years. The scheme was launched on 10 May with applications for most funding routes closing on 10 June. As in previous years, support for repair work is capped at £50k per scheme. This year some additional funding routes, which were suggested in the 2016 consultation but have not previously made available, have been opened to applications.

The funding routes open to application this year are as follows:

Heritage Repair Stream

This aims to encourage sustainability and the preservation of the historic environment. 

Information on the 2019/20 scheme can be found in the 'Repair Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

Applications are invited from those seeking support for Scheduled Monument Repairs and Listed Building Repairs. Listed building repair works must be carried out to the standard set out in the 'Advisory Standards for repair and guidance for work to Listed Buildings' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

Heritage Revival Stream

This aims to promote the social value of our historic environment and the innate contribution this can make to wellbeing and sustainable employment. Information on the 2019/20 scheme is available in the 'Revival Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

The following funding routes are open in 2019/20:

  • District Council Maintenance Week Catalyst - Support for District Councils to encourage maintenance activities.
  • Heritage Schools Transport Fund- Support for the cost of transport to visit State Care Monuments (applications close 10 September).
  • Historic Environment Community Heritage Investigation – Support for communities to investigate their heritage.           

Heritage Regeneration Stream

This aims to strengthen and improve the physical environment and foster the positive identity among local communities. It also aims to support third sector capacity and regeneration initiatives. Information on the 2019/20 scheme is available in the 'Regeneration Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

The following funding routes are open in 2019/20:

  • Historic Monument Regeneration - Vegetation removal / halting monument decline
  • Historic Churches Regeneration - a Historic Churches Capacity Building Project
  • Heritage at Risk Regeneration –for work not funded by the Heritage Repair Stream
    • Holding Repairs Fund
    • No economic value Fund
    • Council owned structures Fund

Heritage Research Stream

This aims to improve understanding and facilitate excellence via heritage research. Information on the 2019/20 scheme is available in the 'Research Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page. The closing date  for application to this Stream is 10 August 2019.

The following funding route is open in 2019/20:

  • Open Fund for Heritage Research Including proposals in regard to the:
    • University Fund
    • Post Excavation Fund
    • Incubation-Innovation Fund
    • Archaeological Investigation
    • Conservation Plan seed Funding

Historic Environment Fund

A summary of the routes supported by the overall Fund, is provided in the 'Framework of support' web page. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We have prepared a list of questions that we have anticipated that you may ask in regard to the Fund. You should look at this FAQ list before contacting us for clarification in regard to its requirements.

Other Financial Support

Funds for Historic Buildings Database

Further information on sources of funding available is available through the Funds for Historic Buildings database. This has been compiled by the Architectural Heritage Fund with the support of the Department. It lists over 250 separate sources of funding available in the UK for historic buildings.

 

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