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The New Heritage Funding Directory

The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund launch a new website for the Heritage Funding Directory: a free, easy-to-use guide to financial support for heritage projects.

The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund are delighted to announce the launch of a revitalised Heritage Funding Directory.

The Heritage Funding Directory is a free, simple platform for searching both funding grants and other means of support for individuals and organisations undertaking UK related heritage projects.

Today’s relaunch is an updated website, creating a more accessible and more user-friendly platform. The website has a searchable directory of funding sources and support available, with contact information for applicants to get in touch with each funder directly. Case studies from successfully funded projects provide inspiration and insights to those seeking support.

The updated website also hosts the International Funding Directory. The Heritage Alliance’s first International Report charted the activities of its members across the world, from Antarctica to Venice and when asked what prevented them delivering more work, the most common answer was ‘funding’. UK charities are often reluctant to fund overseas study and research, and the International Heritage Funding Directory helps these organisations deliver their aims while fostering international relations.

Organisations and businesses that offer grants or bursaries for heritage projects are encouraged to support this vital heritage sector tool by registering and updating their funds on the directory. This ensures that funding streams across the UK and worldwide for heritage are accessible to a broad audience.


In 2016, the Historic Houses Foundation, The Heritage Alliance and The Architectural Heritage Fund combined their funding directories in a searchable resource of grants from trusts and foundations, as well as organisations offering loan finance, awards, scholarships and other ‘in kind’ resources.

After four years, this tool has grown in popularity and has become an important tool for fundraisers and those looking for funding in the sector. The Heritage Funding Directory now lists nearly 500 entries, which cover historic buildings, landscapes, parks and gardens, churchyards and cemeteries, industrial heritage, archives, historic churches, museums, archaeology, environmental, heritage skills, conservation and more.

For further information and images, please contact Hannah Shimko, Head of Policy and Communications at The Heritage Alliance at; 0207 233 0700.

Notes to editors:

The Heritage Alliance

The Heritage Alliance is England’s biggest coalition of heritage interests. It brings together independent heritage organisations from the National Trust, English Heritage, Canal & River Trust and Historic Houses, to more specialist bodies representing visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, funders and educators. The 6.3 million volunteers, trustees, members, and staff of Heritage Alliance members combined demonstrate the strength and commitment of the independent heritage movement.

The Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity founded in 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. The Fund supports projects from the earliest stages of development – through grants, loans and full lifecycle advice – to help communities find enterprising ways to revitalise local areas through the conservation and adaptation of old buildings.

The Historic Houses Foundation

The Historic Houses Foundation (HHF) is a charitable grant-giving foundation which was set up in 2005 as the Country Houses Foundation, changing its name in 2019 following the merger with the Heritage Conservation Trust.  The HHF gives grants for  the repair and conservation of rural historic buildings and structures located in England and Wales, including where appropriate their gardens, grounds and outbuildings, and the conservation, maintenance and restoration of works of art and objects of outstanding artistic, scientific and historic interest.  To date they have awarded in excess of £11million in grants to over 250 projects across England and Wales helping to secure the future of many important country houses and rescuing numerous smaller architectural structures such as ice houses and follies.