Historic Environment Fund applications closing soon

Date published: 06 August 2018

The Historic Environment Fund, managed by the Department for Communities (DfC), is focused on conserving heritage assets and increasing knowledge and public awareness of the historic environment.

Applications are currently being sought for £860,000 funding across four streams of Heritage Repair, Heritage Regeneration, Heritage Revival and Heritage Research.

Time is running out for listed building owners to apply for funding for works to their listed properties. The deadline for submission of completed applications is Friday 10 August.  

Now in its third year, the small amount of funding is a welcome boost to owners and custodians of these listed buildings and to the craftsmen and professionals involved in undertaking and guiding owners through the works respectively.       

Managing queries on the Historic Environment Fund on a day to day basis, Caroline Maguire, architect in Historic Environment Division said: “There is huge interest in our heritage. We are fielding calls from owners and custodians about heritage structures which we are unable to fund as they are not statutorily protected. Graveyards are a particular case in point. Regrettably our funding for the HEF Repair stream can only be used for works to monuments, buildings and sites which are statutorily protected through scheduling or listing. We have to also manage the expectation of owners and inform them that applications are batched and scored and it is a competitive process.

"We are likely to have a large volume of applications for the various streams similar to last year. The administrative team in HED who also field calls on the fund are familiar with many of the owners of thatched buildings and we hope one day to get a joint trip out to visit some of the heritage sites so that the staff can see first hand how the HEF money has kept roofs over people’s heads."

Further information on how to apply to the is available on the Historic Environment financial support page

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