HERITAGE Country Houses Foundation Aims/priorities: The Country Houses Foundation was set up in 2005 as a charitable grant giving foundation.
The funding is for work that meets the objectives of the Foundation which are to:
• Advance the preservation, for the public benefit, of buildings of sufficient historic or architectural significance or importance to merit preservation, together with their gardens and grounds
• Protect and augment the amenities and furnishings of any such buildings, gardens and grounds
Grants are available for the repair and conservation of rural historic buildings and structures located in England or Wales, including where appropriate their gardens, grounds and outbuildings. The Foundation’s definition of rural includes all buildings and structures in the countryside and other rural buildings which have subsequently been overtaken by, and embedded in, urban and suburban development.
The Foundation would normally expect the building to be listed, scheduled, or in the case of a garden included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. However, the Foundation also makes grants to projects which involve an unlisted building of sufficient historic or architectural significance or importance, if it is within a conservation area.
Who can apply? Applicants can be either an organisation or a private individual, having legal responsibility for the repair of an historic building, its gardens and grounds, in England or Wales.
The Foundation would normally expect the applicant to own the building or estate, or hold a full repairing lease with not less than 20 years to run, or be able to demonstrate that the applicant has a legally binding agreement to acquire such a building or estate.
Grant amount: The minimum grant that can be applied for is £1,000 and the maximum is £250,000 Deadline: Pre-applications forms can be submitted at any time
Application process: There is a two-stage application process:
• Pre-application forms are available to complete online or download from the Foundation’s website.
• If successful, the Foundation will arrange a site visit to make an initial check of the suitability and feasibility of the project prior to completion of the full application form
Applications must be supported by a professional adviser or specialist contractor’s report, as well as colour photographs that show the extent and urgency of the project.