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Heritage Action Zone and Conservation Area Grants

If you are the owner, leaseholder or tenant of a historic building in the Old Market Square, Lace Market or Sneinton Market Conservation Area, funding could be available for conservation-led repairs and improvements.

Grant Scheme now up and running

If you are the owner, leaseholder or tenant of a historic building in the Old Market Square, Lace Market or Sneinton Market Conservation Area you could be eligible for a grant. 

Grants are only available for commercial properties.

Funded by Historic England and Nottingham City Council as part of the Heart of Nottingham Heritage Action Zone.

Works Eligible for Funding

Funding is available for conservation-led repairs and improvements to commercial properties, including:

  • Reinstating original historic features that have been lost such as sliding sash windows and traditional shopfronts where clear evidence exists to inform the appearance and details
  • Joinery repairs to original doors and windows
  • Masonry repairs, indenting with new bricks, repointing in lime mortar
  • Re-introducing cast iron rainwater goods, iron railings and/or chimney stacks
  • Roof repairs including re-slating/tiling, lead work, timber dormers and fascias
  • Traditional signwriting

Please note: Grants will not be offered for routine maintenance, redecoration, internal repairs or works that involve the reversal of alterations that are themselves of quality and interest.

Who is Eligible

If you are the owner, leaseholder or tenant of a historic building in the Old Market Square, Lace Market or Sneinton Market Conservation Area you could be eligible for a grant. 

Grants are only available for commercial properties.

Grant Rates

For reinstatement of lost architectural features (for example a shop front) the grant rate is 75% of the total cost of eligible works. For repairs the grant rate is 50% of the total cost of eligible works.  There is a cap of £50,000 per property.

Register your Interest

If you would like to register your interest in applying for funding, please complete the Expression of Interest below and send it to emma.hancock@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

Grant Forms and Advice

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss potential works to your building, please contact:

Emma Hancock, Heritage Action Zone Officer

Email: emma.hancock@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Tel: 0115 876 4471

Heart of Nottingham Heritage Action Zone

  • Nottingham has been chosen as one of the country’s first 10 Heritage Action Zones
  • The five-year programme (2017 to 2022), worth £2.7m, includes 17 projects that will revitalise the city centre
  • Conservation Area Grants will be used to enhance Nottingham’s remarkable built heritage
  • The Conservation Area Grants are complimented by range of heritage and regeneration projects

Find out more about the exciting and ambitious Heritage Action Zone programme

Heart of Nottingham Heritage Action Zone Projects

Project 1 - Old Market Square Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas

Project 2 - Sneinton Market Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas

Project 3 - Lace Market Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas

Project 4 - Repair Grant for Bromley House Library

Project 5 - Strategy for the proactive conservation and enjoyment of Nottingham’s Caves

Project 6 - Appraisal future uses of large historic buildings throughout the Lace Market

Project 7 – Study to consider new funding mechanisms for heritage in Nottingham

Project 8 – Building at Risk Acquisition Grant

Project 9 – Historic England Designation Project

Project 10 - Grade II Building at Risk Survey

Project 11 – Historic England Research and Popular Publication

Project 12 - Exhibition to Promote the Research Book

Project 13 - Development of an Urban Room

Project 14 - Heritage Schools project

Project 15 - Heart of Nottingham Heritage Action Zone Project Manager

Project 16 – Heritage Action Zone Events

Project 17 – Local List Enhancement Project

If you have any questions about the HAZ or would like to volunteer email

Alice.Ullathorne@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or call 0115 876 1993

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