Historic buildings restoration grant: Countryside Stewardship

Capital grant to help farmers and land managers restore historic buildings: find out about eligibility, how to apply and the scheme’s rules.


Historic buildings restoration grant manual

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Historic buildings restoration grant is open for applications, provided you applied for the implementation grant by 29 June 2018. The closing date is 31 August 2019. All claims must be submitted by 30 November 2021.

You may be able to apply for this pilot scheme if your building is in one of these National Parks:

  • Northumberland
  • Lake District
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Peak District
  • Dartmoor

Use the manual to understand:

  • the aims and benefits of the grant
  • who can apply
  • how to apply
  • the requirements and conditions

How to apply

The application process has 3 stages.

Stage 1 - Pre-application

Your implementation plan (PA1) grant application had to be received by Natural England by 29 June 2018.

Stage 2 - Complete a management plan

When you get your implementation plan agreement, you need to work with your National Park adviser to:

  • develop a project brief
  • obtain competitive quotations from 3 experienced conservation consultants to oversee the restoration work
  • submit an application for a feasibility study (PA2) grant

Once your feasibility study grant’s agreed, the consultant must use the project brief to develop the building restoration management plan. Your National Park adviser can support preparation of the management plan and must approve it before you obtain formal tenders from contractors for the work.

You must complete the management plan before the 31 August 2019 deadline for stage 3.

Stage 3 - Apply for a historic building restoration grant

Your application must be received by Natural England by 31 August 2019.


Contact your local National Park adviser for support through the application process and if you have any queries.


Nigel Pratt, Historic Buildings Officer
Dartmoor National Park Authority
Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9JQ
Phone: 01626 832093

Lake District

Briony Davey, Farm Adviser
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RL
Phone: 01539 792675 or 07766 367529


Chris Jones, Historic Environment Officer
Northumberland National Park Authority
Eastburn, South Park,Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BS
Tel: 01434 611531 or 07917 284374

Peak District

Suzanne Fowkes, Senior Farm Adviser
Peak District National Park Authority
Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AE
Tel: 01629 816 218

Yorkshire Dales

Miles Johnson, Historic Environment Officer
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Yoredale, Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3EL
Tel: 0300 456 0030

Published 29 March 2018
Last updated 12 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Change to closing date from January 2019 to August 2019
  2. Added contact details for National Park advisers.
  3. You cannot apply now if you missed 29 June 2018 deadline for stage 1 of application process.
  4. Manual updated with implementation plan deadline of 29 June 2018.
  5. 3 stage application process added, also first deadline of 29 June 2018. We will update the manual shortly.
  6. Change to the telephone number for the Countryside Stewardship transactional hub in Reading.
  7. First published.