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ancient monument grants

Iron age fort
The Ancient Monuments Grants programme provides financial assistance to help preserve and maintain monuments, and in some cases to present them to the public.

Who can apply?

Grants can be offered to owners of monuments, land managers or to other bodies acting with the owners written approval.

Criteria for awarding grants

Funds are limited, so priority is given to monuments of particular importance or interest. We encourage owners to look into other sources of funding at the same time to make sure their monument is well taken care of.

It is normally expected that, for projects other than very small ones, a qualified and experienced professional (usually an architect or conservator) will be engaged by the applicant to supervise the work.

When the monument to be grant-aided is scheduled - as is often the case - the grant offer will usually contain the necessary scheduled monument consent and any conditions relating to it.

This means that a programme of works has to be drawn up and submitted to Historic Scotland and a grant offer and/or consent letter issued before any work can begin on site.

Some monuments are not eligible for Ancient Monument Grant. The main exclusions are: inhabited buildings, buildings undergoing restoration with the intention of making them habitable, and buildings in ecclesiastical use (i.e. Churches, Mosques, Places of Worship).

How and when to apply

We accept applications for grant throughout the year but consider them in 2 batches with closing dates of 30 April and 31 October.

If you think that your project could qualify, and are considering applying for an Ancient Monuments Grant, contact our business support team on 0131 668 8716; who will put you in touch with the relevant area team; you can also use the postal address below.

Heritage Management Directorate
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Ways to apply

The application form, in PDF format, can be downloaded from below. The Guidance Notes, also available below should be referred to when completing your form.

Returning your application

Please return your application form by post to The Investment and Projects Team, Historic Scotland, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH.  Please note that faxed applications still require a signed hard copy of the Declaration page to be sent in by post.

Application form and guidance notes

Application form [PDF, 178KB]

Application form [doc, 335KB]

Guidance notes [PDF, 98KB]

Conditions [PDF, 43KB]

Environmental impact [PDF, 31KB]

Feedback form [PDF, 43KB]

Historic Scotland operates an ‘access to information’ policy. Any information that you send to us and any information provided to help process this application may become publicly available.

Further Information

If you need further information about applying for a grant please e-mail

Contact us

Heritage Management Business Support
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8716