Grants For Restoring Traditional Farm Buildings

News > Grants For Restoring Traditional Farm Buildings


Date of issue: 4 September 2017

Thanks to National Lottery players, Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is able to offer grants to support landowners and farm tenants interested in restoring traditional farm buildings within the Stories in Stone scheme area centred on Ingleborough.

Stories in Stone is a four-year programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which is led by YDMT and mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chris Lodge, YDMT’s Stories in Stone Project Officer, said: “Traditional farm buildings such as stone-built field barns built in the 18th and 19th centuries are a distinct feature of the area. These simple buildings display a range of details of local building traditions and they provide us with valuable information about the area’s rural and social history and how we lived, built, farmed and produced our food. They are a direct and tangible link to the past and a testament to the skills and craftsmanship of local builders and the sheer hard work of generations of farmers.”

Grants can cover up to 90% of the costs (up to a maximum grant of £25,000), with the balance being met by the applicant. Funding will be focussed on traditional farm buildings of high importance in terms of their landscape setting, history or architecture.

Chris added: “Grants are only available for projects that will be completed by autumn 2018 and it’s likely that demand will be high, so if you’re interested I’d be delighted to receive an application form from you.”

The deadline for applications is 10am on 26 September 2017. For more information contact Chris by emailing

or by phoning 015242 51002. The grant guidance and application form can also be downloaded from

a tree

A unique gift
that will grow
and grow

How to

Give a
Living Bouquet

Dedicate a beautiful piece of wildflower meadow in the Yorkshire Dales for only £25. 

How to