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looking after ancient monuments


A scheduled monument
Apart from Historic Scotland, the key bodies top investigate for possible funding to improve the condition and management of ancient monuments and to promote access and interpretation are:

Heritage Lottery Fund

Runs a variety of grant schemes which can be used to work with monuments, historic buildings, conservation areas and landscapes. Normally, significant levels of community engagement and benefit are expected, and all projects require some measure of matching funding. Access in all forms is a priority.

Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD)

SEERAD shortly roll out a replacement for earlier agri-environment schemes. The new package, Land Management Contracts, will offer various levels of support for rural land owners and managers to look after their holdings in an environmentally friendly manner.

Capital assistance may be available for simple but effective forms of management which improve the condition of, or at least preserve, ancient monuments and key rural vernacular buildings, and annual payments may also be made for the ongoing management of sites. Contact your local SEERAD or On The Ground office here, or speak to your landuse adviser if you have one, for example SAC, FWAG or commercial landuse advisory firm. Public access may be supported.

The Aggregates Levy Fund is currently managed in Scotland through Forward Scotland, which runs several schemes to distribute funds to communities who can demonstrate they have been affected by quarrying or aggregate extraction. Public access to any facilities created is vital.