Architectural Heritage Fund offers £15m to rejuvenate high streets

Its Transforming Places through Heritage Fund is calling on voluntary organisations to apply for five different types of grant

A building operated by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, which has been funded by the AHF
A building operated by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, which has been funded by the AHF

The Architectural Heritage Fund has opened a £15m fund for voluntary organisations to help rejuvenate high streets in England.

The Transforming Places through Heritage Fund will focus on the creative use of historic buildings for local charities and social enterprises.

Five different types of grant are available, the largest up to £350,000 for schemes that will reuse underused or vacant historic properties such as shops, old cinemas, pubs and other public buildings.

The funding is part of a £62m grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to regenerate city and town centres.

The programme is also part of the High Street Heritage Action Zones and Future High Streets Fund run by the DCMS and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Matthew Mckeague, chief executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, said: "With the right support, thriving social enterprises and charitable ventures can inject new life into our great but underused buildings and begin to reimagine and re-establish our high streets as places of social and commercial prosperity and common identity.

"Through initiatives like this fund, and the support AHF will provide, there is an opportunity for these streets to be much more than just retail spaces and to regain their role as the heartbeat of energy, inspiration and interaction at the centre of our local lives."

Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, said: "Our Transforming Places through Heritage Fund is an innovative approach to help high streets grow as cultural and economic hubs for our communities.

"I want to encourage organisations across England to apply for funding so that we can get more people out to enjoy these spaces."

The scheme will run for the next three and a half years.

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