The COVID-19 pandemic has had a sudden and substantial impact on the heritage sector, and AHF wants to support organisations who have been directly impacted and are now severely at risk.

This programme aims to help previously sustainable organisations that care for, work with, or manage historic buildings to fund consultancy support to develop new operating models and business plans, where the impact of COVID-19 means the organisation is at risk of no longer trading viably by March 2021. The fund will provide funding which will enable organisations to achieve a clear plan towards future financial viability and help them remain resilient in a demanding external environment.


Please read the guidance in full to help you decide if this support is right for you.

In general, your organisation will be eligible if the following apply:

  • you care for, work with, manage or occupy a historic building or buildings, which we define as: Scheduled Monument and/or listed - Grade I, II*, or II locally listed and/or non-designated heritage asset or in a Conservation Area demonstrably highly valued by the local community for its historic interest
  • registered on Historic England’s At Risk Register
  • registered on a local authority’s At-Risk Register;
  • registered Asset of Community Value
  • you can demonstrate that your organisation was financially viable before the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020); while presently still solvent, due to COVID-19 and mitigating measures, your organisation is at risk of no longer trading viably; and you do not believe you would be able to gain funding from any other source for this work.

If you think your project is eligible and fits with the project funding priorities, or you would like further advice, please contact AHF via [email protected] and one of their team will get in touch.

How to apply?

When you are ready, please use the offline application form to draft your response and submit your completed submission via the online application form. You can find both on their website here.

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2020, 12pm for a decision in early December.