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Grant scheme to protect historical buildings to be rolled out across Yorkshire and the North East

The new scheme aims to restore historic buildings in rural communities and has a £2m budget and offers to fund landowners who restore their historic farm buildings and stop them from falling out of use.

Owners of these buildings can apply for a grant, which offers 80% towards the cost of restoration. This can include replacing the roof, weatherproofing the exterior, or other restoration works so that the building can be used again for farming purposes.

The scheme is open for applications until January 31st and is open to the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and the Peak District. Once a grant approved, agreement holders will have two years to complete the works. This work is 100% funded so applicants can seek the advice they need to develop high quality applications and secure funding for their projects.

Lord Gardiner, Defra Minister for National Parks said: “The British countryside, including those historic farm buildings that dot some of our most iconic landscapes, is a truly precious natural asset. I am delighted that we are able to open this new set of grants supporting the restoration of traditional farm buildings”.

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England said: “Historic England warmly welcomes this scheme and its endorsement of the value and importance of traditional farm buildings. Many farm buildings, in my view, are as important as churches in contributing to the beauty and the character of the English landscape. The partnership approach being piloted by Historic England, Natural England and upland National Parks will be of immense value in helping owners to maintain and conserve these buildings and to retain their significance for future generations”.

More information on how to apply for the new scheme can be found here: