Historic buildings grant
Community assets that are listed for their special architectural or historic interest have an important part to play in the well-being and vitality of communities across Wales.
Their viability and resilience as we face the challenges of climate change is underpinned by routine repair and maintenance. Therefore, the Historic Buildings Maintenance and Repair Capital Grant Programme 2022/23 is intended to offer financial assistance towards the maintenance and repair of historic community assets, such as village and community halls, institutes, libraries, war memorials and places of worship that are open for wider community use.
A grant of 75% of grant eligible works up to a maximum of £25,000 per property is available for a range of small scale maintenance and repairs which are necessary to keep community assets in good order, such as:
- clearing rain water gutters, valleys and downpipes
- repairing or replacing sections of damaged rainwater goods
- minor roof repairs, slipped slates/tiles/ridges etc
- leadwork/flashing repair/renewal
- small-scale rebuilding works eg. chimney stacks/parapets
- localised masonry repairs or re-pointing
- joinery repairs and redecoration
- glazing repairs
- plasterwork repairs
- boundary wall and railing repairs.
The work should be undertaken by a contractor with conservation skills / experience of historic buildings. And depending on the complexity of the works, should be specified by a conservation accredited architect or chartered surveyor.
Additional funding may be available on an exceptional basis where the applicant is able to demonstrate that the scale of works is extensive.
Professional fees are also eligible and it is recommended that specialist advice is sought unless a conservation skilled craftsperson is used.
Cadw will not fund either new build or works to services, or works that have already started.
The grant scheme is a competitive process and is available only to projects where the works will be completed by 1 February 2023 and claim made for payment by 1 March 2023.
Applications must be accompanied by the following:
a. Estimates or tenders:
i. Applications for works estimated to cost £5,000 or under in total (excluding VAT) must be accompanied by one written estimate; and
ii. Applications for works estimated to cost £5,001 and over in total (excluding VAT) must be accompanied by three written estimates;
(if three estimates cannot be obtained, a clear explanation must be provided).
Please note, any grant offer will be calculated using the lowest estimate regardless of the contractor you appoint to carry out the works.
b. description of works / schedule of works or method statement
c. copies of all relevant plans, drawings and documents
d. photographs of the building and the areas subject to the application to illustrate the nature of works that are required
e. it is envisaged that the type and scale of the works i.e. maintenance and like-for-like repair will not require listed building consent (or equivalent permission under ecclesiastical exemption arrangements) but the application should include a copy of correspondence informing the relevant planning authority of the intention to undertake these works, with confirmation from the authority that consent is not needed. If the authority requires a formal application, consent will need to be in place before any grant offer can be confirmed.
Applications may also require the following:
f. survey report (if available)
g. ecological report (if required, for example for roofing works)
h. other supporting documents (as required)
i. quotation for Professional fees (if your application for grant includes Professional fees)
Application to be received by 31 August 2022
Works to be completed by 1 February 2023
Claims to be submitted by 1 March 2023
Any applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
- other (eg management committee, vicar, finance officer etc).
In all cases the application must be signed by a person who has the relevant authority. If the applicant is not the owner, the onus will be on applicant to take all reasonable steps to obtain the owner’s permission.
Buildings in private ownership will not be eligible for grant support unless they are in regular use as community assets.
To be considered eligible, all necessary permissions and or consents must be in place and your application must meet the following criteria:
a. Listed building consent (or equivalent permission under ecclesiastical exemption arrangements)
(if Consent or Permission is required you must obtain and provide either;
- a copy of the consent; or
- confirmation from the relevant authority that it is in place; or
- confirmation that an application has been made.
If Consent or Permission is Not required you must obtain and provide:
• confirmation of that fact from the relevant authority.
b. Lead Professional Advisor
Where the total project cost is £10,000 or more, a lead professional advisor (usually an architect, chartered building surveyor or chartered architectural technologist) must be appointed.
This advisor will be conservation accredited/certified.
We currently accept:
Architects listed on the AABC Register at category ‘A’; RIAS Register at Accredited or Advanced level or RIBA Conservation Register at Specialist Conservation Architect level
Chartered building surveyors listed on the RICS Building Conservation Accreditation Register
Chartered architectural technologists listed in the CIAT Directory of Accredited Conservationists at Accredited Conservationist level.
In some cases Cadw may be able to accept a chartered engineer or other heritage specialist as the appropriate lead professional, but this would need to be agreed in advance of any grant offer being made.
c. all projects must be completed by 1 February 2023 and claimed by 1 March 2023.
Cadw will send you a claim form with the grant offer letter. Cadw grants are paid in arrears based on eligible costs that you have incurred and paid.
You will need to provide evidence that the work has been completed.
This evidence might include the following:
a. certificate from your professional advisor certifying the value of the works, receipted invoice(s)/bills or any other proof of payment acceptable to Cadw
b. photographs of the completed works.
If you need any further help or information relating to the Application you are advised to contact the Historic Buildings grants team.
Cadw Grants Mailbox: CADWGrantsMailbox@gov.wales
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