1 Overview

Owners of historic traditional thatched properties can apply to this scheme for financial help towards the cost of maintaining roof structures.

Grants are awarded for work including:

  • complete re-thatching
  • any necessary repairs to roofing divots
  • minor repairs to roof timbers

2 Eligibility

Grants of up to 50% of the cost of work are available from our Thatched Buildings Maintenance Scheme.

We may increase this to as much as 85% of the cost if you receive both Council Tax Reduction and Income Support.

Your plans must be approved and a grant offer issued before any work begins on your thatched property. 

3 How to apply

We accept applications for Thatched Buildings Maintenance Grants throughout the year. 

Download the Application Form [PDF,446KB]

Send your completed form to:

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

For thatched properties in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar or the Highland region, you should apply to your regional council direct.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) runs the scheme in all other regions of Scotland.

HES 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.

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.

4 Contact

You can contact us with any queries about the Thatched Buildings Maintenance Scheme in relation to thatched properties in most regions of Scotland.

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

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

For properties in the Highland region, contact:

Email: planning@highland.gov.uk
Telephone: 01463 702 250

Kerry Bennett
Planning and Development Service
The Highland Council
Glenurquhart Road

For properties in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, contact:

Email: planning@cne-siar.gov.uk
Telephone: 01870 602 425

Hannah Morrison
Department for Sustainable Communities
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Isle of Benbecula