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Getting Financial Assistance for Home Repairs

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 12 Oct 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you live in, or have recently bought, a listed building and wish to renovate it, you could be entitled to some financial assistance.The Historic Buildings Repair Grant was created to provide financial assistance for those who wish to renovate a building that is recognised as being part of the regions cultural or architectural history.

The reason the grant was first made available is because the costs involved in renovating historic buildings is substantially more than it is for a normal house. This is a result of having to use certain materials and employ workers that have specific skills and adopt certain techniques.

Who is Eligible For The Grant?

Firstly, lets take a look at the eligibility criteria for the repairs grant. Buildings that are deemed to be eligible must be listed on the Register of Buildings of Historic, Architectural or Archaeological interest.

If your property is listed then you can begin the application process. The first thing to do would be to prepare a list of the work you would like to carry out. The most important thing to remember here is that the more details you give the better equipped the board are when allocating the funds. If you think it is necessary to provide estimates or quotations from professionals, then do so, and in some cases it may also be useful to provide drawings or detailed specs.

Now, alterations to the property are not eligible for this funding. However, if you are making alterations alongside repairs that fall under the repairs grant remit then you are required to provide a drawing showing how the original building change or look like.

Before being awarded the funding, it is necessary that you apply for – and receive – consent or permission from the authorities if it is required.

What Work Is Covered?

So what kind of work is eligible? Well, the scheme was introduced to help with the costs of restoring or repairing the original features that contribute to the character of the building. This might include original roofs, chimneys or dormer windows.

Work that is not eligible for financial aid include minor maintenance or decoration, alterations, plumbing or electrics, or any repairs that form a modest part of a larger conversion project.

The Final Decision

There are a number of things taken into account when the decision is being made for awarding funding to applicants.Firstly, the building will be assessed as to its prominence and its overall importance to the region along with the architectural and historical value it may have.Other things may include the urgency of the work, the availability of funds and the significance of the work.

The funds available through the Historic Buildings Repairs Grant are limited so the maximum amount that can be received by any applicant is 40 per cent of the overall cost of the work that is to be carried out – up to a total of £10,000.It is important that you apply for the grant before you undertake any work on the building, if you start before this then your application could be refused.

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Hi I have my mortgage house built in 1901.i have two young children one with special need I have a leak in my roof and have leak from upstairs bathroom to kitchen and kitchen falling a parts Did contact the council and no help at all Any help can I get?
Shanu - 12-Oct-20 @ 6:30 PM
Hi am wondering if there is any grants out there to help me I own 4 histic flats (over 150yrs old) and I need to get a some new windows as the outside siles are rotten and cracking away, and get some rewiring done as well, can you point me in the right direction to get any help with grants to get theses done please.
Ben - 11-Oct-20 @ 5:18 AM
I live in a grade 2 listed cottage and there is a conservatory made of brick and glass on the end, which is documented with the council. All the wooden framed windows in the conservatory are rotten and this part of the building is in urgent need of repair. Although this part of the building is not part of the original cottage, there is also a need to replace several other windows which are part of the original buildingSome of the beams are in need of restoration or replacement and there may be a need to reinforce part of the building with additional beams. I have some savings but I will never be able to afford also this work without help. What can I do?
Wen D - 8-Sep-20 @ 4:19 AM
Hi I've always tired to Keep my home in a good condition however I really do need help with my kitchen the kitchen units especially the sink area is rotten and I'm also experiencing serious damp problems and under the sink is leaking. Is there any assistance i can receive to have a new kitchen ? Please advise
N/A - 8-Sep-20 @ 12:11 AM
I just purchased a historic home which is built in 1910 in the historic district of Columbus Georgia I want to restore it to its original appearance and I need help doing that I would appreciate if you would consider me for a grant to do this.
Michelle - 26-Aug-20 @ 4:39 AM
My mother lives in Gary Indiana, the house is almost 85 years old. In very bad shape.. leaking roof, broke windows, plumbing problem.. the list is long.. Main issue is the roof needs to be replaced and we can't afford it.. they are asking for 25,000.00 .my mom lives on social security that's it.Ww have to help her with other needs, food, utilities etc.. we can't afford a roof..I have tried the city of Gary for help but They are not taking applications.. I'm stock, this winter it's going to be terrible with a roof in horrible condition. Help
Wilda - 19-Jul-20 @ 1:27 PM
Hi I live in a grade 2 listed pub. The previous owner stopped some of the windows for upvc I want to replace these and some other windowscost circa 25k. Any help avalible
Jon - 10-Jul-20 @ 3:20 PM
I live in a c listed house in ayr I need roof and chimney repairs Is there a grant available for this Cost is £1000
Tails - 11-Mar-20 @ 4:17 PM
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Tails - 11-Mar-20 @ 4:14 PM
My father lives in a grade 2 listed cottage and the roof really needs repairing. He is a disabled pensioner. It is sinking and in urgent need of restoring. Is there any help available?
Samm6 - 15-Jan-20 @ 9:35 AM
Iam 75 on low income.i need a grant to fix a leek in my roof are there any grants out there I can get
Liz - 8-Aug-19 @ 6:31 PM
Hi am wondering if there is any grants out there to help me I live in my own house and I need to get a new roof and some windows as the outside siles are rotten and cracking away, and get some rewiring done as well, can you point me in the right direction to get any help with grants to get theses done please.
Paulo - 17-May-19 @ 9:44 AM
I desperately need some house repairs, in particular a new kitchen. Old one is falling apart and piping is broken under sink. Just to see what help I can get please x
Caz - 14-May-19 @ 5:12 PM
Hi I live in a grade 2 listed building that was converted into flats 20 years ago .5 years ago there where roof works carried.And was paid for by the owners. We have now had another roof servay.And have said there is another 30.000 pounds of repairs requiredalthough we are all private owners is there any grants available to us thankyou
Marleycat1 - 29-Mar-19 @ 4:07 PM
My roof is leaking badly and needs replacing. Is there any financial help I can apply for to help with the cost? I am a senior citizen on low income and own my home.
Oap - 7-Dec-18 @ 12:38 PM
I live in a weather boarded grace 2 listed semi detached house and a lot of the boards on the house are rottening away we is causing water to leak into the gaps and is beginning to destroy the good parts. Just would like to know if we could get help financially to replace these boards and some of our windows are also rottening away with big holes in the frames. Please help with your advice. Many thanks Kerry
Kel - 11-Sep-18 @ 1:52 PM
Hi Can you tell me is there a grant if you have lead pipe in the driveway.
None - 11-Aug-18 @ 11:28 AM
Slowworm - Your Question:
Please could you give me advice on renovation and heating grants Cornwall. I have a grade 2 listed property in a state of disrepair Also I am disabled but do not need a grant to adapt my property. I am entitled to a government heating grant as I don't have any heating but my windows are very draughty.I own my property.

Our Response:
The first place to try should be your district council. They will know of any grants available locally.Secondly check the Turn2Us website to see if any grants are available and to check that you are receiving all the benefits you're eligible for. Your energy supplier might also be able to advise whether there is anything available for heating/insulation at your type of property and in your region. It's also worth checking out Historic England for information as your building is grade 2 listed.
GrantsExpert - 24-Feb-17 @ 10:22 AM
Please could you give me advice on renovation and heating grants Cornwall. I have a grade 2 listed property in a state of disrepair Also I am disabled but do not need a grant to adapt my property. I am entitled to a government heating grant as I don't have any heating but my windows are very draughty. I own my property.
Slowworm - 21-Feb-17 @ 12:21 PM
Rosy- Your Question:
Looking for help for my sister , who is very unwell , the bricks have cracked in her back bedroom , where she cannot afford to put a window in unless a builder can put some lintels in to support the frame , this may not seem much to important to anyone else but please can someone help her please , not only the worry of the house mane calapsing , her health is not good her home is very cold with a constant draft and bitterly cold.

Our Response:
It might be worth her asking at her local council, to see if there are any regional grants available. The Turn 2 us website might also highlight anything she could be entitled to.
GrantsExpert - 20-Feb-17 @ 12:38 PM
Looking for help for my sister , who is very unwell , the bricks have cracked in her back bedroom , where she cannot afford to put a window in unless a builder can put some lintels in to support the frame , this may not seem much to important to anyone else but please can someone help her please , not only the worry of the house mane calapsing , her health is not good her home is very cold with a constant draft and bitterly cold ....
Rosy - 18-Feb-17 @ 5:29 AM
Could you tell me if there are any grant for reroofing your home.I own my property and am 82yr of age.I live in the lower flat of a detached house and my previous neighbours recently took so long to appreciate they had dry that it spread to my property and cost me thousand of pounds to repair and took most of my savings.. Now the new upstairs neighbours have signs of dampness in the sitting room.On inspection in their attic,the roofer says there is considerable dampness and the roof needs completely replace.Can you let me know if there are any grants availablefor replacing the roof in North East fife.I live in conservation area.
Keg - 27-Jan-16 @ 3:33 PM
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