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AHF Launches Heritage Mortgage Scheme for the UK

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), an independent charity, encourages and supports the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.

Through the new Heritage Mortgage Scheme the AHF is offering mortgage-style loans of between £150,000 and £500,000 over terms of between 10 and 20 years (30 in exceptional circumstances) to assist registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to acquire buildings, or provide working capital for restoration projects.

All AHF loans are typically fixed at 4-6% but can be linked to Base Rate.

The AHF can normally lend applicants up to 70% of the estimated open market resale value of any acceptable property or land over which it takes a first charge. If this is the project building for which the loan is required, it can lend up to 70% of the property’s estimated ‘end value’ (the projected value once work has been completed).

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis. Find out more at:

AIM Grant Schemes

Deadline: various – see below

AIM administers grants for museums to help AIM members with a variety of needs including training, conservation, development and exhibitions. There are different eligibility criteria and closing dates for each grant scheme, so please check each grant programme for further information about how to apply and the priorities for funding for each scheme.

We recommend that you contact us to discuss your project before applying, so we can help you ensure your application fits the scheme you intend to apply to.

Please contact Helen Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Hallmarks Awards –

For all other Grant Schemes contact Justeen Stone, Grants & Finance Officer –

Current AIM Grant Deadlines 2017

  • Conservation Scheme – 30 September
  • Collection Care Audit Scheme For Smaller Museums – 30 September
  • Preventive Conservation Scheme -30 September
  • AIM Training Grants – accepted on a rolling basis.
  • AIM Biffa Award History Makers – October 31

For more information visit:

Catalyst Small Grants

Opens 13 July

The £3 million programme aims to build fundraising capacity and encourage more private giving to arts and culture. This fund supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. 

This is one of the measures ACE is putting in place to help create a more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector. Further information can be found on their website at:

Application deadline: 10 August.

National Manuscripts Conservation Trusts Grants

The NMCT offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. Their grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers. 

The next deadline for the submission of applications is the 1 October 2017.

For further information, please visit their website:

Deadline: 1 October.

HLF Resilient Heritage Fund

Apply anytime

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000 – £250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

For more information visit:


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