The AHF (the Architectural Heritage Fund) [Alliance member] has announced the first grant awards through the Transforming Places Through Heritage fund, new funding from the Department of Culture, Digital, Media and Sport focused on reinvigorating England’s high streets and town centres.
Grant awards of £527,980 have been given to 15 projects, which capture a range of plans and proposals to reinvigorate high streets and town centres right across England, all led by charities and social enterprises. They demonstrate creative, community-led approaches, that will help stimulate fresh demand, provide new spaces for a range of activities and help bring back lost footfall.
The fund provides a range of funding for projects at different stages of development – whether just starting out, ready to move forward with their plans, or starting restoration of a building – and is open for applications on a rolling basis. 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/tpth.