English Heritage

Most of its grants schemes are administered by staff in regional offices who can advise you whether your project is likely to be a priority for support.

Priorities:  There is a very high demand for English Heritage grants, which means that it is not able to offer grants to every project that qualifies for support and has therefore identified priorities for the type of projects that it will fund:

  • Significant elements of the historic environment which are at risk.  It considers property to be as risk if it is either on the Buildings at Risk Register or it can be demonstrated that it is at serious risk from neglect or disrepair.
  • Projects where there is a lack of alternative sources of funding.  In order to qualify for a grant under this heading the project cannot be eligible for any other obvious sources of public or charitable funding, for example from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Single Regeneration Budge and specific funding (such as funding for coalfields or housing).

Grants are available for repairs to historic sites and buildings and to help preserve or improve the character and appearance of designated conservation areas.  Contact regional offices to discuss before applying:

  • South West - 0117 975 0700
  • South East - 01483 252000
  • West Midlands - 0121 625 6820

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk  A free and regularly updated online guide to relevant sources of funding is published by the Architectural Heritage Fund on the Funds for Historic Buildings website: www.ffhb.org.uk

Available grants:

  • Historic Buildings
  • War Memorials Grant Scheme
  • Repair Grants for Places of Worship in England
  • Grants to establish conservation staff (partnership)
  • Grants to local authorities to underwrite urgent work notices
  • Acquisition grants to local authorities to underwrite repair notices

Rural Community Councils

RCCs provide help in putting together Rural Community Council grant applications, especially to the Community Fund.  They also administer many grants on behalf of other organisations:

  • County Council grant fund for village halls
  • Village shop/hall improvement grants
  • Rural Initiative Fund grants on behalf of Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society
  • Allocating funds from Landfill Tax Credits for improvements to village halls
  • Gloucestershire Rural Community Council - 01452 528491 www.grcc.org.uk
  • Community Action - Avon area/South Gloucestershire - 01275 393837 www.community-action.org.uk
  • Community First Wilts and Bath - 01380 722475 www.communityfirst.org.uk
  • Oxfordshire Rural Community Council - 01865 883488 www.oxonrcc.org.uk
  • Warwickshire Rural Community Council - 02476 303232 www.ruralwarwickshire.org.uk
  • Community First Hereford & Worcester - 01684 312730/01432 267820 www.comfirst.org.uk
  • Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) - 01285653477 www.acre.org.uk