View across the Mersey canal to Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, shortlisted for Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site at the Angel Awards 2014 © Historic England DP157647
Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, shortlisted for Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site at the Angel Awards 2014 © Historic England DP157647

Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We know this is a challenging and unprecedented time and our priority in the coming months is to ensure that we continue to support all who work in the heritage sector.

Information for existing grant recipients

We want to help people save the historic sites in England that are most at risk of being lost. One of the ways that we can do this is through a grant.

What are the grants under this scheme for?

We give grants towards the repair and conservation of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens. This includes project development actions which enable repair or improved future management.

Our grants under this scheme are intended to reduce the risk faced by some of the most significant historic sites in England, as shown on the Heritage at Risk Register. We focus our grants on those sites which are most in need of repair and where, without our grant, a project would not be able to go ahead.

This scheme was formerly called Grants for Historic Buildings, Monuments and Designed Landscapes.

How to apply

Our local offices handle applications to this grant scheme. We strongly recommend that you contact the relevant local office to discuss your project before you make an application.

You can find detailed information about applying for a grant in the Guidance for Applicants document, which is available to download below. You can also download the Application Form.

When to apply

You can apply for a grant at any time during the year.

After you apply

We aim to tell you our decision within six months of receiving a complete application. Complex or large projects may take longer to assess, so we advise you to contact us as early as possible when planning your project. Please note we will not grant-aid any work done before we have made a grant offer and you have accepted it.

We test all applications to check whether they meet the published criteria for the grant scheme. For those that do, we then assess:

  • the work which is needed
  • how best the project would be carried out to achieve the necessary outcomes
  • the amount of grant needed

We are not always able to offer a grant to every eligible project. We therefore also gauge how well projects meet our grant priorities.

Grant conditions

If we make a grant offer, you will be invited to sign a contract with us. You will need to follow the grant conditions set out in the contract.

When planning your project, please remember that all grant recipients must follow the Procurement Regulations. In most cases, you will need to appoint any professional advisers and contractors in an open and competitive way.

Some of the grant conditions remain active for a set period of time after you have completed the grant-aided works. For example, if your project involves repair, you will usually need to provide access for the public once works are complete. These public access requirements will take into account the significance and nature of the site. You will also need to carry out maintenance at the site.

You can download the following documents, which give detailed information about the scheme:

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact your local office.

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