The HES Archaeology programme funds research and intervention projects which help to deliver Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy and assist in the management of archaeological material. We strongly recommend that potential applicants read Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy before applying to us.
Our current funding priorities are:
- Projects which demonstrate international collaboration
- The provision of enabling funding to kick-start projects which deliver Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy
- Projects which provide practical skills through archaeological field schools
- Community led heritage projects
- Projects exploring and utilising creative interpretation and dissemination
- Projects that include an education programme/activities
- Projects which demonstrate innovation in archaeological science
- Projects delivering the strategic deliverables as set out in Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy Delivery Plan
- Rescue archaeological remains from unavoidable threats and contribute to the longer term management of archaeological sites.
The programme seeks solutions to archaeological problems through partnership wherever possible.
We regard a project as complete when the results have been shared and, wherever possible, project data archived appropriately. You can download our handy guide on how you can share the results of your project. Additional funding is available to approved projects for radiocarbon dating and publication support.
This scheme actively contributes to the delivery of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy, which was created by the archaeological Sector in Scotland. The Strategy aims to improve the way that archaeology is studied, protected, promoted and enjoyed, while integrating it more fully into peoples’ lives and broadening its appeal on a global scale.
What we do fund
- Assessment of types of coastal protection that could be applied to mitigate coastal erosion on sites.
- Projects which model the archaeology at a regional or national level to help manage impacts, such as root action, animal burrowing or human activities including agricultural ploughing or marine development.
- Archaeological projects that bring together professional archaeologists and community groups to generate new archaeological information and to present it in innovative ways.
What we don’t fund
- Projects to deal with archaeology before or during developments that require planning permission
- Pure archaeological research with no link to the programme priorities
- Projects that have already begun without our involvement
3 Criteria for awarding grants
- Help to deliver Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy
- Rescue archaeological remains from unavoidable threats
- Increase our understanding to enable the longer term management of archaeological sites
4 How to apply
We can accept applications for Archaeology Programme Grants throughout the year, however, these are considered in one batches with a closing date of 30 September. Urgent projects can, however, be considered at any time of year. If you have one to discuss, please contact the Archaeology and World Heritage Team on email@example.com in the first instance.
You should get in touch with our Archaeology and World Heritage Team to discuss your proposal before applying in part to discuss with the team whether the project you’re applying for will require scheduled monument consent. If it is needed, you must obtain consent before any works starts on site. This pre-application discussion is also intended to avoid any wasted time for applicants, as we should be in a position to identify where a proposal is unlikely to be successful in attracting support from Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
Application is through our Grants Online Application System. New users must register to use the system.Apply online now
HES is bound by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. This means that any information that you send us or which is provided to help process your application may be made publicly available. However, any sensitive information you give us will be covered by the relevant legislation and will be dealt with accordingly.
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You can contact us with your questions about Archaeology Programme funding.
Telephone: 0131 668 8811
Archaeology and World Heritage Team
Historic Environment Scotland