1 Overview

Owners of historic buildings can apply for financial help to meet the cost of high quality repairs made by specialist craftspeople using traditional materials.

The aim of the Building Repair Grants Scheme is to conserve original features in buildings of special architectural or historic interest. 

Owners must insure and maintain the building and allow some access to the public in return for financial help.

You must be legally responsible for the repair of a historic building to apply for a Building Repair Grant. 

2 Eligibility

Individuals and organisations (public and private) may apply for a Building Repair Grant.

This includes:

  • private homeowners
  • trusts
  • commercial enterprises
  • local authorities

Applicants must have legal responsibility for the repair of a historic building.

You must usually either:

  • own the building
  • hold a full repairing lease, which has at least 21 years to run

Private owners who have bought the property within the previous 12 months are not a priority for our grant assistance.


3 Criteria for awarding grants

To qualify for consideration for a Building Repair Grant:

  • the building must be of significant architectural or historic importance
  • the repairs proposed must be urgently needed
  • you must be able to demonstrate the need for grant support to enable the repairs to go ahead

Assessment of applications is a competitive process that also takes account of any wider benefits that the repair project may provide. Private owners are less likely to receive grants from public funds as a result.

This is because such benefits include:

  • enhanced public access
  • benefits for communities
  • social and economic regeneration
  • promotion of quality
  • development of knowledge and skills

Grants are not available for:

  • routine maintenance
  • minor repairs
  • the repair or installation of services
  • extension
  • alterations
  • demolition

Find out more about the criteria we use to assess grant applications in our Grant Funding – Future direction and priorities document [PDF, 30KB].

4 How to apply

We accept applications for Building Repair Grants throughout the year. These are considered in three batches, with closing dates of 31 January, 31 May and 30 September. Application is through our Grants Online Portal. New users must register with the portal first.

Apply online now

Alternatively, you can download and print off an application form.

You should refer to the guidance below when filling out the form.

Download the Building Repair Grants Scheme application form [PDF, 250KB]

Send your completed form to:

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

You can email your form to grants@hes.scot, but you must still send a signed hard copy of the declaration page by post.

Historic Environment Scotland 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.

Building Repair Grants guidance

Building Repair Grants Scheme guidance notes [PDF, 188KB]
Building Repair Grants Scheme: Outstanding Buildings – Banding [PDF, 30KB]
Building Repair Grants Scheme: Environmental Assessment [PDF, 49KB]
Building Repair Grants Scheme: Notes for the Guidance of the Professional Adviser [PDF, 108KB]
Advisory Standards of Conservation and Repair: Revision C – 2007 [PDF, 140KB]
Grants Terms and Conditions [PDF, 354KB]
Building Repair Grants Scheme feedback form [PDF, 77KB]

5 Contact

You can contact us if you have any queries about the Building Repair Grant Scheme not answered by the guidance provided.

Email: grants@hes.scot 
Telephone: 0131 668 8801

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place