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Grants and Funding

Historic Environment Support Fund

A small fund used to provide support for one-off heritage events, small projects and training activities.

1 Overview

Please note that the deadline for the current round of the Historic Environment Support Fund has been extended to 30 November 2020. For more information please see the How to apply page.

This fund is used to support various one-off, heritage-related projects such as:

  • grants for training in traditional skills
  • payment for travel and study costs associated with the use of traditional materials
  • production of heritage publications
  • support for community outreach
  • grants to owners of historic traditional thatched properties to help towards the cost of maintaining roof structures. However, for thatched properties in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar or the Highlands and Islands areas you should apply to your local authority direct.
  • grants to owners of properties included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes for the preparation of landscape management plans to explore the history and development of a site, help plan for the future or manage change appropriately.
  • grants to owners of historic properties of outstanding architectural or historic interest for the preparation of maintenance plans in order to reduce the need for costly repairs.

2 Eligibility

All sorts of projects receive help from the Historic Environment Support Fund, to qualify for consideration a project must.

  • Meet as many of Historic Environment Scotland’s outcomes as possible
  • be non-recurring
  • in the case of Thatching, Landscape Management Plans and Maintenance plans we would expect you to be the owner of the property or long term leasee.

3 Criteria for awarding grants

Assessment of applications is a competitive process that also takes account of any wider benefits that the project may provide and applications must meet as many of Historic Environment Scotland’s outcomes as possible.

We consider all qualifying applications three times a year – at the end of March (extended to 30 April for 2020), July  (extended to 30 November for 2020) and November. We let applicants know of our decision as soon as possible after the batch closing dates.

4 How to apply

We are currently making some changes to our grant programmes as a result of COVID-19 and have extended the current round of the Historic Environment Support Fund to 30 November 2020. This means that we will not be assessing any applications submitted before this date and all decisions will be communicated after a three-month assessment period. Prospective applicants therefore should not plan for activity to begin before March 2021.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in applying for a grant from HES, you will need to submit an expression of interest first to receive feedback on your proposal. You can submit an expression of interest form at any time, and we aim to respond within 10 working days. We recommend you do not start work on your application form until you’ve received a response to your expression of interest.

Submit expression of interest


We accept applications for the Historic Environment Support Fund throughout the year, however, these are considered in three batches, with closing dates of 31 March (extended to 30 April for 2020), 31 July (extended to 30 November for 2020) and 30 November.

Application is through our Grants Online Application System. New users must register to use the system.

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. However, any sensitive information you give us will be covered by the relevant legislation and will be dealt with accordingly. 

5 Contact

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Historic Environment Support Fund.


Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place