The Country Houses Foundation

The Country Houses Foundation was set up in 2005 as a charitable grant giving foundation.

The funding is for work that meets the objectives of the Foundation which are to:

  • Advance the preservation, for the public benefit, of buildings of sufficient historic or architectural significance or importance to merit preservation, together with their gardens and grounds.
  • Protect and augment the amenities and furnishings of any such buildings, gardens and grounds.

Grants are available for the repair and conservation of rural historic buildings and structures located in England or Wales, including where appropriate their gardens, grounds and outbuildings.

The Foundation’s definition of rural includes all buildings and structures in the countryside and other rural buildings which have subsequently been overtaken by, and embedded in, urban and suburban development.

The Foundation would normally expect the building to be listed, scheduled, or in the case of a garden included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens.

However, the Foundation also makes grants to projects which involve an unlisted building of sufficient historic or architectural significance or importance, if it is within a conservation area.

In addition, to qualify for a grant, the applicant must be able to show the following:

  • There is a compelling need for the work undertaken to be done within the next two to three years.
  • The project will enhance the historic environment.
  • There will be appropriate public access.
  • There is a financial need for the grant.
  • The project can proceed within a reasonable timeframe (ie one to two years).
  • The project is sustainable with a suitable conservation and/or business plan. A grant is unlikely to be awarded without this information.

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