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Local Authority Grants for Conservation Staff

We can consider helping to establish permanent specialist conservation posts in local planning authorities currently lacking them, or where provision is greatly inadequate in relation to heritage responsibilities.

Eligible projects

All applications are assessed againt our grant priorities. To qualify for a grant the core activities of the conservation officer or team must include:

  • The input of conservation expertise to statutory casework; and
  • Development of a heritage at risk strategy.

If appropriate conservation policies are not already included in a statutory local plan, part of the postholder's role must be to make sure that they are drafted and incorporated at the next review. In the meantime, they must be issued as supplementary guidance or draft policies.

Grants are not, however, available for the 'repackaging' of existing staff, or to fill gaps created by redundancy within the two years prior to a grant application. Staff appointed will normally be professionally qualified and full members of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

How and when to apply

If you want to apply for a grant under this scheme, you will need to complete an application form. Applications can be received throughout the year.

For further information and to request an application pack, which contains further guidance on the scheme, please contact your nearest local Historic England office.

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