The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has launched the Transforming Places Through Heritage fund, focused on reinvigorating England’s high streets and town centres, through the creative reuse of local historic buildings.
From today (1 July), there will be the opportunity to apply for financial support for projects that create alternative uses for underused or out of use historic buildings, from public buildings to old cinemas, shops or department stores.
The initiative is part of the High Street Heritage Action Zones and Future High Streets Fund, run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Building on successful programmes, the funding is part of a £62 million grant that will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing.
Through initiatives like this, and the support AHF will provide, there is an opportunity for unique historic buildings in UK towns and cities to play a central role once again and for town centre streets to be much more than just retail spaces.
The Transforming Places through Heritage fund is an innovative approach to help high streets grow as cultural and economic hubs for our communities. Organisations are encouraged to apply for funding so that more people can enjoy these heritage sites and spaces once they have been transformed.
Doncaster has a rich and unique built heritage, which forms a key element of the plans and ongoing work to drive regeneration and investment in to the town centre and surrounding towns. This significant new fund offers further opportunities to make a real difference to heritage and communities, bringing investment and regeneration, conserving at-risk heritage, creating new facilities and developing local skills.
The fund, which will provide a range of funding for projects at different stages of development – whether just starting out, ready to move forward with their plans, or starting the restoration of a building – opens for initial applications today.
Grants can range from a few thousand pounds for viability studies to up to £350k for a limited number of transformational projects.
More details on how to apply and project eligibility are available at: http://ahfund.org.uk/england