Architectural Heritage Fund


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. The AHF exists to help communities and other not for private profit organisations find enterprising ways to revitalise the old buildings they love. We help with advice, grants and loans. Our support acts as a catalyst for putting sustainable heritage at the heart of vibrant local economies. For over 40 years, we’ve been the leading social investor in creating new futures for historic buildings.

Project Viability & Development Grants

With support from Historic Environment Scotland, Project Viability Grants are to fund initial studies to look at potential new uses for a building and at its current condition, usually resulting in a Viability Report produced to a standard template. Project Development Grants help add detail to outline plans, assisting in getting projects to the point that they can apply to larger capital funders. It can fund professional fees or capacity building for organisations.

Tailored Support Fund Grant

With support from the William Grant Foundation, projects in Scotland may be eligible for the TSF. Projects applying are generally characterised by a community-led ethos, a desire to give new purpose to a building valued locally for its architectural heritage and plans that demonstrate strong social, economic or environmental benefits that meet local need. Projects that don’t fit well in other funding streams are particularly welcome to enquire and apply.

Social Investment Programmes

We can also support projects through loan finance, offering flexible and competitive terms to provide greater assistance to projects that will deliver local economic and community impact, as well as providing sustainable use of a historic building for future generations. 

What is eligible for the Social Investment Programme?

Loan finance can be used for building acquisition, plugging a short-term funding gap, for working capital during a project delivery phase or to support further growth of a social enterprise or other community business based in a historic building. Contact Asha Karbhari to discuss any queries.


Scotland wide

Business Stages

Community looking to tradeIdeaStart-upSustain & Grow


Arts/Culture & MediaCommunity assetsConstruction and maintenanceFinancial Services and Credit UnionsHeritageHousingProperty or asset Development/Management


AssetsBusiness plan/supportFinanceFundingLegal


" The monastery would never have been restored without the support of the AHF. Securing a loan from them was essential to the delivery of the project, the sustainability of our operations and to the regeneration of the area around us. "

Elaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of Gorton Monastery

"AHF were one of the first funders to support this development which subsequently led to other funders supporting us - we are truly grateful to the AHF for early stage support."

Supported Organisation,

"Support from AHF over the last 2 years has enabled us to build capacity, sustain momentum and significantly progress the project timeline. Ultimately this work with strengthen our project and allow us to move forward with our key funders."

Supported Organisation,

"The team are extremely supportive and flexible, whilst offering clear guidance and creative solutions to supporting projects in really meaningful ways. Thank You!"

Supported Organisation,