Guidance: Historic buildings restoration grant: Countryside Stewardship

Forestry Commission

July 10
23:15 2020


Historic buildings restoration grant is now closed. The deadline for submission of PA2 and HE2 applications was 20 April 2020. All work must be completed within 2 years of the agreement start date, and all claims must be submitted within a further 3 months.

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 grants 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.

The deadline to complete the management plan was 20 April 2020 for stage 3.

Stage 3 - Apply for a historic building restoration grant

The deadline for Natural England to receive your application was 20 April 2020.


Contact your local National Park adviser if you have any queries about the application process.


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

Lake District

Rose Lord, Historic Buildings Specialist
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RL
Phone: 01539 792640


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 11 July 2020 +show all updates
  1. Page updated to reflect the scheme deadline

  2. The deadline for submission of PA2 and HE2 applications is now Monday 20 April 2020

  3. Multiple updates to the manual to reflect the new application deadline of 30 March 2020, and the transfer of the management of the scheme from Natural England to RPA. Contact details for Lake District and Dartmoor NPAs also updated.

  4. 'Deadline for submission of PA2 and HE2 applications now 30 March 2020' wording added to call-out box.

  5. Change to closing date from January 2019 to August 2019

  6. Added contact details for National Park advisers.

  7. You cannot apply now if you missed 29 June 2018 deadline for stage 1 of application process.

  8. Manual updated with implementation plan deadline of 29 June 2018.

  9. 3 stage application process added, also first deadline of 29 June 2018. We will update the manual shortly.

  10. Change to the telephone number for the Countryside Stewardship transactional hub in Reading.

  11. First published.

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