1 Overview

This scheme awards grants to fund the preparation of maintenance plans. Up to £6,000 may be awarded per application.

Modest spending on regular maintenance can:

  • reduce the need for costly repairs
  • protect the fabric of your building
  • save you money in the longer term

Maintenance Plan Grants may be awarded to historic buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest.

2 Eligibility

Individuals and organisations may apply for Maintenance Plan Grants.

The historic building must be of outstanding architectural or historic interest.

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

You must show that your property is open to the public for at least 25 days per year.

3 Criteria for awarding grants

Grants may cover up to 75% of the cost of a maintenance plan. A suitably accredited professional adviser must prepare the plan.

We must consider it beneficial for the historic building to have its own maintenance plan.

4 How to apply

We accept applications for Maintenance Plan Grants throughout the year.

The closing date is 30 November each year, after which time we consider all applications at once.

Download the Application Form [PDF, 124KB]

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

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.


Maintenance Plan Grants Scheme guidance notes [PDF, 125KB]
Maintenance Plan Grants Scheme: Outstanding Buildings – Banding [PDF, 33KB] 

Other grants 

Visit the Funds for Historic Buildings website – a comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert a historic building in the UK.

5 Contact

You can contact us with your questions about the Maintenance Plan Grants Scheme.

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

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place