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Historic Buildings Restoration grant

The Historic Buildings Restoration Grant enables applicants with historic farm buildings in need of restoration to access funds at a grant rate of 80% to secure and weatherproof them. It is not for maintenance or improvements.

The FiPL HBRG will run over the next financial year from 1st April 2024 until 31st March 2025, with capital project delivery and revenue funding to support developing, advising, and managing approved projects (including provision of specialist advice where this is necessary). Project development can start before April 2024.

This funding builds on the previous Historic Buildings Restoration Pilot in five National Parks managed by Historic England and Natural England, launched in 2018. The funding recognises the importance of historic buildings in our protected landscapes and for farmers and land managers.

To apply, please first do a check that your building was evident on an OS map dating on or before 1940. 

Grants are available for:-

  • Roof coverings
  • Weatherproofing
  • Structural work

The grant cannot be used to pay for the cost of:-

  • Maintenance
  • Any capital works started before the agreement commences
  • Any commitment to purchase items or services before an agreement starts
  • Planning application fees or other transactional fees
  • Meeting legal requirements, including planning or tenancy conditions
  • Any works undertaken as part of another grant or obligation

The following buildings are ineligible for the scheme:-

  • Modern buildings including those constructed using concrete, timber or steel frames and clad in universal materials such as concrete/breeze blocks or tiles or fibre cement sheeting.
  • Non-roofed structures such as bridges, lime kilns and WW2 pillboxes
  • Buildings not marked on an OS map dated before 1940.
  • Ruined buildings – those where over 50% of the building has been lost.
  • Buildings which have received grant funding for restoration in the past.
  • Historic buildings converted, for example, to residential, holiday accommodation or commercial use, or those used specifically as ancillary buildings to residences, such as car garages.

For more information please contact Colin Manning on or Karen Davies on

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