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It is untrue that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will only fund grants for conservation schemes employing architects included on the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) as you state (AJ 11.08.05).

We do not stipulate that an architect working on one of our projects is conservation-accredited. The only grant scheme for which we do request such accreditation for architects is Repair Grants for Joint Places of Worship 2002-2005. This scheme is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage and is administered by English Heritage on behalf of both organisations.

David Taylor profiled our director, Carole Souter, in the AJ (19.02.04) and he asked her about this issue.

This is what he wrote in the article: 'It is untrue, however, that the HLF only gives money for conservation schemes that employ architects listed on the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation. The HLF concedes that that rule does apply to Repair Grants for Joint Places of Worship 2002-05 regime it runs with EH, but Souter feels knowledge of history is no bar to creativity.' Katie Owen, senior press officer, Heritage Lottery Fund

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