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 Historic Environment Repair Grant 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 Historic Environment Repair Grant. 

2 Eligibility

Individuals and organisations (public and private) may apply for a Historic Environment 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 Historic Environment 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 Historic Environment 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

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.

5 Contact

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Historic Environment Repair Grant.

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

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place