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Built heritage

Traditional built heritage is an important part of the National Park’s character.  We wish to support projects that repair and restore traditional buildings across the National Park.

Who can apply?

To qualify, your property must date from before 1919, and typically be built in stone or timber with slate or corrugated iron roofs. Fine examples of buildings from a later period may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applications will be accepted for repairs to listed buildings and traditional buildings located across the National Park. Projects which will restore the built heritage in the heart of communities, such as village centres, will be particularly welcome.

If a traditional building has been considerably altered, applications which show a commitment to restoring it to its original character will be encouraged.

What will the grant pay for?

Grants are available to assist with the external repair of traditional buildings using traditional materials and methods. Eligible works include:

  • Repairs to traditional windows and doors
  • Re-roofing in traditional materials (slate & corrugated iron)
  • Repair or renewal of lead work and cast iron guttering
  • Chimney repairs or rebuilding of demolished chimney
  • Repairs to stone work and render
  • Re-pointing in lime of entire historic building or main or an entire elevation
  • Repair of traditional boundary, walls, railings, gates, gate piers
  • Traditional signage (Commercial buildings)
  • Shopfront restoration/improvements
  • Decoration, only if associated with other grant eligible works
  • Re-instatement of architectural features e.g. decorative bargeboards, finials, railings, traditional dormers
  • Replacement of non-traditional materials e.g. UPVC windows with timber
  • Repairs to the built heritage which will contribute to the improvement of public areas

We are inviting projects costing between £500-£20,000. Grants for built heritage projects are available for up to 50% of grant eligible works to private sector/individual applicants. Funds however, are limited, so these amounts are not guaranteed as levels will depend on the number and quality of successful applications.

Routine maintenance and redecoration, conversion, extensions or alterations, interior fitting-out or renewal of services will not qualify for grant assistance. Also, works which have already started on site or are complete will be rejected.

Remember that:

  • At application stage you must provide evidence that your costs provide good value for money; so for purchases, works or services that cost:
    • £5,000 or less, where value for money can otherwise be demonstrated, at least two quotes is recommended but one quote may be acceptable, at the discretion of the National Park Authority.
    • £5,000 to £10,000 at least three quotes are expected.
    • Greater than £10,000 at least three quotes should be provided and submitted on the basis of a written specification.
  • The National Park Grant will not normally be awarded to a recipient in advance of need, and will not normally be made available until the recipient has spent the funds and claimed reimbursement. However, ‘pre-funding’ (i.e. awarding funds before delivery and expenditure) may be appropriate in the case of voluntary sector bodies as long as they have demonstrated need (i.e. they can show us that they do not have their own funds to deliver the project).
  • Traditional properties are often favoured roosting locations for bats and nesting sites for birds.  In addition, works may require planning permission or listed building consent. Grants will be awarded subject to the required surveys being carried out and requisite planning permission/consents being obtained.  Further advice can be obtained on submission of an Expression of Interest.
  • Please include photographs of all elevations, including where works are proposed.
  • The Building Repair Guidance can be downloaded here.

Making an application


Read the guidelines

Please read the guidelines above. Projects that deliver multiple benefits to the National Park will be supported. Priority will be given to projects that meet Outcomes in the National Park Partnership Plan and Priorities set out in your local Community Action Plan (click on the green community action plan box).

Expression of Interest – submissions now closed

We’re keen to see ideas at an early stage, so the first step was to submit an Expression of Interest by Friday, 8 September. We asked you to explain your project and will now assess it against criteria.


We will inform you of the outcome of the Expression of Interest stage by Friday, 22 September 2017. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed Application. At this stage, you will need to submit a fully worked-up proposal, including quotes for costs or services, by Friday, 20 October 2017.

If your expression of interest is not successful, we will provide you with feedback.

What happens next?

  • By Friday, 17 November 2017: grant offers sent out
  • By Thursday, 15 March 2018: claims received from private sector/individual applicants
  • By Friday, 30 March 2018: claims paid to private sector/individual applicants
  • By Friday, 15 March 2019: final reports from voluntary sector applicants
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