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building repair grants

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Under the agency’s Historic Building Repair Grants Scheme, financial help is available to owners to meet the cost of high-quality repairs using traditional materials and specialist craftsman to conserve original features in buildings of special architectural or historic interest towards ensuring a sustainable future for the building.

Owners that are in receipt of such grant support must insure and maintain the building and allow some form of public access.

Who can apply?

Financial help is available to owners in both the private and public sectors (home owners, trusts, commercial undertakings, local authorities) to meet the cost of high-quality repairs.

Applicants must be organisations or individuals who have a legal responsibility for the repair of a historic building. You will normally need to own the building, or hold (or intend to hold) a full repairing lease, which has at least 21 years to run.

Private owners, who have purchased the property within the previous 12 months, will not be seen as a priority for Historic Scotland grant assistance.

Criteria for awarding grants

There are a number of criteria which have to be met before an award can be considered.

  • The building must be of sufficient architectural or historic interest.
  • The building must be at serious risk from neglect or disrepair.
  • A need for grant for repairs to be undertaken must be demonstrated.
  • A level of enhanced public access must be delivered.
  • The project benefits the local community.
  • The project should include the promotion of quality and development of knowledge and skills.

An application will also be assessed against how the proposed scheme will delivers against the Scottish Government’s stated economic strategy priorities, for example;

  • Investing in our People, Infrastructure and Assets
  • To Promote Inclusive Growth
  • Regional Inequalities
  • Youth Employment
  • Education Skills and Health
  • Infrastructure and Digital
  • Communities, Local Assets & Housing
  • Workplace Innovation and Digital

Further details on the criteria under which applications for grant support will be appraised can be found in our focusing document

Grants are not available for routine maintenance and minor repairs, or for the repair or installation of services. Any work of addition, alteration or demolition also does not qualify for grant.

How and when to apply

We accept applications for grant throughout the year but consider them in 3 batches with closing dates of 31 January, 31 May and 30 September.

Ways to apply

Applications in PDF format can be downloaded from below. The downloadable Guidance Notes should be referred to when completing your form.

By post: to The Investment and Projects Team, Historic Scotland, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH.

By online, fax or on disk: please note that we still require a signed hard copy of the Declaration page by post.

Application form and guidance notes

PDF icon Application Form [pdf, 250kb]
PDF icon Guidance Notes [pdf, 188kb]
PDF icon Categories of Outstanding Buildings [pdf, 30kb]
PDF icon Environmental Assessment [pdf, 49kb]
PDF icon Notes for Guidance of the Professional Advisers [pdf, 108kb]
PDF icon Advisory Standards of Repair: Revision D - 2015 [pdf, 140kb]
PDF icon Grants Terms and Conditions [pdf, 417kb]
PDF icon Feedback Form [pdf, 77kb]

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 email

Contact us

Investment and Projects Team
Historic Scotland
Room 2.6, Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8801

Apply Online

Apply online for your Building Repair Grant