In 2010 the Pilgrim Trust decided to take a more strategic approach to the conservation of historic buildings and agreed to joint fund the Architectural Heritage Fund’s ‘Cold’ spots grant scheme with the J Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust.
The £150k contribution over five years has supported 56 projects totalling £354k. The grants were awarded at the earliest stage of project development and helped the majority of projects develop detailed proposals and complex funding bids. Five projects have already been completed and have been successful in attracting funding with a combined total of £6.3m. Four other projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015 with another eight predicting that they will have reached their fund raising targets by the end of 2016.
The Cold Spot grantees reported to the AHF that the funding has helped them prepare thoroughly for Heritage Lottery Fund Bids with over 12 over them securing grants worth over £15m.
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