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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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The Architectural Heritage Fund - Project Development Grant


The Project Development Grant (PDG) scheme is intended to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and coordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

The AHF promotes the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. They give priority to projects involving historic buildings that have statutory protection and at risk. They will consider applications for unlisted buildings if you can show that they are highly valued as heritage assets by the local community.

Priority is given to projects that have the potential to make a significant positive social impact in disadvantaged areas. They want to help build stronger and more cohesive communities by supporting projects that will create employment, training and/or volunteering opportunities both during the project’s development and in the years following completion.

Geographical areas funded: UK

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Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue

Fund award sizes

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Who can apply

To apply you must be a formally constituted charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability.


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When to apply

Applications for up to £15,000 can be submitted at any time and you will normally get a decision in 6 to 8 weeks.

The quarterly Grants Panel considers applications from England and Scotland of more than £15,000. 2021 deadlines are 30 April, 31 July and 30 September.

Next deadline: 30th Apr 2021

How to apply

Guidance notes available on funder website and apply online. Specialist project support officers will be able to help you.

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Activites funded: Community development & regeneration Heritage & building preservation Organisational development & capacity building

Beneficiaries funded: General public

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