Grants and Funding

Other sources of funding

Find alternative sources of funding for historic buildings and historic environment activities.

Several other bodies besides us may be able to offer funding for activities related to the historic environment.

Your local authority may offer small grants from a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme if it’s attracted such funding from us. We also fund City Heritage Trusts in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling, Inverness and Perth to run grant schemes on our behalf. Edinburgh World Heritage operates a scheme for the city’s World Heritage Site.

You can also visit the Heritage Funding Directory website – a comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert a historic building in the UK.

For advice on sources of funding for historic environment measures in the Scotland Rural Development Programme, contact your local Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Area Office.

The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme makes grants towards the VAT costs of making repairs and necessary alterations to listed buildings mainly used for public worship. Find out more on the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme website

Funding from various sources

You may be able to assemble a number of grants from different bodies for a single project. For example, you may be able to use a Historic Environment Scotland grant as match funding for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

There may be a limit to how much grant funding you can get from particular types of source – e.g. government departments and agencies may cap the total percentage of project funding you can receive from central government for a single project.

Each funding source will:

  • support specific types of activities
  • have its own rules around eligibility
  • operate its own application process