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Grants and Funding

Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund

Grants to support community efforts to protect, promote and engage with Scotland’s coastal or waterway heritage. This Heritage Fund is now closed!

1 Overview

The Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund is now closed.

Coastal and waterway heritage make up an important part of Scotland’s built environment, reflecting the way that communities have lived and worked over the centuries. However, due to the location near seas and other bodies of water, this heritage is often exposed to moisture and severe weather and is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

As part of the current Year of Coasts and Waters, Historic Environment Scotland will be awarding small grants (£3,000-£20,000) for community-based projects with one or more of the following objectives:

Increasing community engagement with Scotland’s coastal or waterway heritage;

Building the resilience of coastal or waterway heritage to ensure its continued survival for future generations;

Promoting knowledge about coastal or waterway heritage at risk of loss due to climate change.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the community benefit of their project.

The applications process is competitive, and applicants must submit an expression of interest form by 30 April at the latest.

Application forms are due by 31 May 2020. For more information about how to apply, please read the pages on eligibility, criteria for awarding grants and how to apply. Up to £200,000 is available under this fund. 

Examples of activities which would be eligible for funding include:

  • Community outreach or educational activities to increase people’s understanding of Scotland’s coastal or waterway heritage;
  • Interpretation of coastal or waterway heritage sites;
  • Opportunities to develop traditional skills necessary to look after coastal and waterway heritage;
  • Small-scale interventions focused on improving rainwater disposal from historic buildings, structures or sites (e.g. increasing the size of rainwater systems, enhancing detailing, improvements to surface drainage);
  • Minor repair or stabilisation of historic harbour or marine structures (we may also support research or feasibility work to investigate the viability of future projects);
  • Development of risk management plans to assess relevant risks and put plans in place to prepare for or respond to severe weather events and climate change;
  • Documenting or recording information about historic environment assets at risk of permanent loss (e.g. through excavation, survey and recording, collation of archival materials or gathering people’s memories and knowledge).

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and you may propose other activities which fit with programme objectives.

2 Eligibility

The Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund is now closed.

In order to be eligible for a grant, your project must focus on an aspect of the historic environment which is:

  • Valued by communities;
  • Associated with Scotland’s coasts or waters – this can include both tangible sites (e.g. buildings, archaeological sites and marine structures) as well as intangible elements (e.g. history or memories relating to Scotland’s coasts and waters).

Your project should be scheduled to start as soon as possible after you receive a decision from HES. Projects with significant activity taking place in 2020 will be prioritised.

Match funding is a requirement for all projects, and this must be in place by the scheduled start date of your project. This can be in the form of other grant funding, cash or in-kind contributions. In general, we would like to cover no more than 50% of project costs, but exceptions may be made where there is evidence of need and a strong fit with programme objectives.

Under this programme, we expect to fund not-for-profit organisations. Private owners or commercial organisations are eligible to apply but are not likely to be a priority for support unless they can demonstrate that public benefit will outweigh any private gain.

Applicant organisations must be formally constituted with a clear governance and financial structure and have their own bank account.

If your project involves work to a building or other physical structure, your proposals must be informed by a Conservation Accredited Professional Advisor. In addition, we can only fund projects whereby the applicant organisation:

  • owns the heritage asset;
  • holds a full repairing lease which has at least 21 years to run, or;
  • in the case of an ancient monument, has the written permission of the owner to carry out conservation works on the monument.

Statutory consents much be applied for through a separate process if applicable.

3 Criteria for awarding grants

The Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund is now closed.

All applications will be assessed under a competitive process according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the theme of coasts and waters and climate change
  • Evidence of community support for the project
  • The potential of your project to deliver the stated objectives of the grant programme:
    • Increasing community engagement with Scotland’s coastal or waterway heritage;
    • Building the resilience of coastal or waterway heritage to ensure its continued survival for future generations;
    • Promoting knowledge about coastal or waterway heritage at risk of loss due to climate change.
  • The value for money offered by your project (match funding is a requirement for all projects)
  • Project deliverability and sustainability
  • The start date of your project. Projects with significant activity taking place in 2020 will be prioritised.

4 Contact

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Coasts and Waters Heritage fund (The Fund is now closed).

Email: ycwgrants@hes.scot

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

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