The Historic Houses Foundation is a charitable grant giving foundation.
The main aims of the Foundation are to support the preservation of buildings of historic or architectural significance together with their gardens and grounds, and to support the restoration and conservation of works of art in historic houses open to the public.
The HHF gives grants for the repair and conservation of rural historic buildings and structures located in England and Wales, including where appropriate their gardens, grounds and outbuildings. We would normally expect your building or structure to be listed however, we may also make grants to projects that involve an unlisted building.
We also play a vital role in the restoration and conservation of works of art in historic house collections open to the public, often helping where support cannot otherwise be found.
Six paintings in the collection at Capesthorne Hall will be restored with funding from the Historic Houses Foundation. The paintings at Capesthorne are extraordinary for their depth and range as a family collection accumulated over centuries.
Everingham Hall Chapel, Yorkshire
In 2017, the Historic Houses Foundation gave a first grant to Everingham Hall Chapel in Yorkshire to establish the parameters of a proposed restoration. Now further funds will repair the roof and walls.
Blog: Summer 2020, COVID-19 Update
The Historic Houses Foundation continues to function in the new normal. In June, the Trustees resumed site visits observing suitable social distancing, sometimes easier on the sheer scale of the roof of an historic building.
The survival of heritage buildings is often dependent on income from other businesses so losses over the Spring and Summer while these businesses have been closed risk the postponement of many restoration projects. Consider leaving the Historic Houses Foundation a legacy in your will, the funding you provide will help save one more precious historic building or may kickstart a major restoration project.