Grants and other forms of financial assistance are not usually available for routine maintenance, but if the inspection of your historic building reveals serious problems that require major repair you may qualify for aid.


By law, Cadw can give grants only towards repairs to the historic fabric of buildings of outstanding historic or architectural interest, and for certain works in conservation areas.

Historic buildings grant

This is for repairs to the historic fabric of buildings of outstanding historic or architectural interest. 'Building' is interpreted in the widest sense - for example, depending on their quality, memorials or garden structures could qualify. These grants assist the repair or restoration of the best historic buildings in Wales. Generally a building does not have to be listed to be considered for a grant. However, if grant is awarded for work to a building which is unlisted (and which lies outside a conservation area), the building is usually added to the statutory lists soon afterwards. (The booklet What is listing? provides further information.)="" is="" what="">

Grants are available for:

  • religious buildings in use for worship;
  • buildings in the ownership of trusts or charitable bodies;
  • domestic buildings in private ownership;
  • commercial and industrial premises; and
  • buildings in public ownership.

Conservation area grant

Such a grant is for works (external works to a historic building) judged to make a significant contribution towards the preservation and enhancement of the conservation area in which the building is located. Conservation areas are designated by local authorities as areas of special architectural or historic interest.

Historic Buildings Grant

Other sources for grants

Funds for Historic Buildings

This website is a comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert for a new use any historic building in the United Kingdom (excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) which is listed, scheduled or in a conservation area and of acknowledged historic merit. It includes details of virtually all substantive funding sources which specialize in historic buildings, as well as many (including a variety of regeneration programmes) which provide funding for historic building projects within a wider remit.