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29 January 2021

HES welcomes grant in aid from Scottish Government budget

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has welcomed grant in aid funding of £75.9 million as part of the Scottish Government’s 2021-2022 Budget.

view of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle

HES looks after over 300 historic properties, and their associated collections across Scotland on behalf of Scottish Ministers. This includes some of Scotland’s most iconic sites which have, like many visitor attractions across Scotland and globally been affected by a decline in visitor numbers due to Covid-19.

The funding reflects the impact of COVID-19 on the work of HES and will help to protect jobs and ensure that HES can continue to deliver its core statutory and regulatory functions including HES’ designations and heritage management work and key role in Scotland’s planning system and the reopening of sites in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

The budget confirmation will also allow HES to plan for the next 12 months, including prioritising resources and activity through its Annual Operating Plan to add best value and continue to invest in communities, projects and organisations across Scotland as part of its grants programme to support skills, employment and local recovery.

For further information on the Scottish Government’s Budget visit www.gov.scot/budget

About Year of Coasts and Waters 2021

The Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2021), led by VisitScotland, will be showcased throughout 2021. Activities and ideas will shine a spotlight on the impact our waters have had on Scotland, from the formation of beautiful natural features to the creation of our national drink - whisky.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. We will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
  • 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
Mobile: 07221 959 962