Fund title: Historic Buildings Restoration Grant
Focus of fund/fund aims:
Funding to help owners of iconic historic farm buildings on Dartmoor to carry out restoration works
31 January 2019
A new grant scheme offering funding for land managers to restore their historic farm buildings is being piloted in five National Parks, including Dartmoor.
The aim of the scheme is to help save iconic historic farm buildings in the English National Parks from falling out of use. Owners of these buildings can apply for a grant offering 80% towards the cost of restoration. The funding is part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.
Grants can cover the costs of replacing roofs, weatherproofing exteriors, or other restoration works so that the building can be used again for farming purposes. Eligible buildings must be of historic significance, built using traditional materials and methods, and must be evident on an OS map dated on or before 1940. Ruined buildings, where over 50% of the structure has been lost, are not eligible.
Each National Park Authority has a lead adviser who applicants should approach in the first instance to check eligibility and find out more about the process. This includes completing an Implementation Plan and Feasibility Study before progressing to the Restoration Grant application.