Conservation Area Grants

The Conservation Area Grant Scheme is currently closed and all the funding allocated.

£750,000 of grants have been awarded to successful applicants in the Old Market Square and Lace Market Conservation Areas.

The transformation has begun, several projects are now complete and where there were once unattractive modern shopfronts, we now have stunning examples of re-instated historic architecture and good design.

An update will be available here in 2021. Meanwhile, you can follow progress on Twitter @NottmHeritage.

Nottingham City Council would like to say a huge thank you to Historic England for all their support and a very special thank you to the businesses in Nottingham who are working with us.

Information on how the grant scheme operated remains below.

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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 shop fronts 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
  • 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.


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. 

Due to the huge popularity of the grants, for this next round, we are only inviting expressions of interest in the current priority areas of Market Street, Angel Row, Wheeler Gate and around the Old Market Square. We are unable to consider grants outside the priority areas until later in the year.

However, we are happy to accept expressions of interest in grants outside the priority areas and keep them on record to be considered later in the year.

Grants are only available for commercial properties.

Grant rate

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

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


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 complemented by a 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