The AHF is the UK’s only specialist lender for charities and social enterprises working on or operating from historic buildings. We lend funds across the UK to charities and social enterprises looking to give buildings of historic or architectural importance a sustainable future.

Loans can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Towards the cost of developing a building.
  • To bridge funding gaps until further funding becomes available.
  • To help manage cashflow needs.
  • To support the development of new activities or a new service.
  • Buying a building (freehold or leasehold).

The buildings we invest in are either listed, in a conservation area, or may be neither but are of special significance to a community. As a specialist lender for organisations working on or based in historic buildings, we understand each project is unique. Therefore we consider each application individually on its merits, with full assistance given throughout the application process and beyond.