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20 December 2023

HES welcomes grant in aid funding from the Scottish Government

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has welcomed grant in aid funding of £74.2 million as part of the Scottish Government’s 2024-2025 Budget.

view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle

The grant in aid funding for 2024-25 is an increase of £1.5m from the 2023-24 budget. Grant in aid funding forms one part of HES’ budget, with the remainder coming from commercial income which is continuing to show strong recovery following the impact of COVID.

The confirmation of the budget allocation will support skills and jobs and help HES to prioritise activities for the next financial year through its Annual Operating Plan and continue to make a positive contribution and impact on Scotland’s key national outcomes.

HES looks after over 300 historic properties, and their associated collections across Scotland on behalf of Scottish Ministers, as well as providing outreach, educational and cultural activities. The organisation also provides a core statutory and regulatory function in Scotland’s planning system.

Further information is available at www.gov.scot

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. We are also the lead on delivering Scotland's strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle, and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
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For further information, please contact:

Iona Matheson
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
07721 959 962