1 Overview

Providing financial support to organisations responsible for the operation, management or safeguarding of historic environment assets is a vital part of our wider efforts to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and promote its understanding and enjoyment.

The Organisational Support Fund can provide financial support to organisations responsible for the operation, management or safeguarding of historic environment assets to assist in the delivery of defined projects/activities and/or to provide resilience funding.

Project/Activity Funding (former Voluntary Sector Fund)

Grant funding to carry out specific projects/activities that help to deliver HES’s grant outcomes.

Resilience Funding

Grant funding for organisations experiencing financial or organisational difficulties. Examples of the challenges that this funding could assist in addressing include:

  • Closing short term financial deficits;
  • Property, plant or equipment required to ensure that public access or engagement with the historic environment can continue in the long-term;
  • Equipment required to pursue identified and quantified business development opportunities; and
  • Addressing organisational capacity issues to respond to existing challenges or new opportunities.

Resilience funding is time limited and we would expect grantees to address the underlying issues that created the need for resilience funding. As with the Project/Activity funding, we would also expect it to relate to HES’s grant outcomes.

2 Eligibility

Organisations responsible for the operation, management or safeguarding of historic environment assets are eligible to apply for this funding.

3 Criteria for awarding grants

We assess voluntary sector funding applications against Historic Environment Scotland’s grant outcomes.

We must receive all applications for funding assistance by 30 September each year.

We will notify applicants of our decision informally by 31 December. Formal offers of grants will follow.

4 How to apply

Grants Outcomes Framework [PDF, 80.4KB]

Completed applications can be submitted to grants@hes.scot

Or by post to:

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

We must receive all applications for funding assistance by 30 September each year.

5 Contact

You can contact us with your questions about the Organisational Support Fund.

Email: grants@hes.scot 
Telephone: 0131 668 8815

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

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