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Edinburgh World Heritage/Funding & Advice

Edinburgh World Heritage’s vision is that the World Heritage Site is a dynamic force that benefits everyone. One way in which we support this vision is through a Conservation Funding Programme, which is funded by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). The funding is for the conservation of buildings and public spaces in and around the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, helping retain the authenticity and integrity of our remarkable historic city. The current funding period runs from April 2018 to March 2021.

Funding is available according to property ownership: grants for private owners and commercial buildings (up to 70% of eligible works) and project funding for public, community or charitable organisations (20% to 40% of eligible works).

Update on funding availability 

Edinburgh World Heritage’s previous funding cycle for the Conservation Funding Programme ended on 31st March 2021, and the funds available for this financial year have already been committed. To honour our existing projects and developing new partnerships, we regret that we are currently unable to accept new applications for consideration until our own funding is confirmed, likely later in 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, and will provide an update on the availability of future funding as soon as details have been agreed.

If you are looking to undertake eligible conservation work over the coming years and would like to register an interest in future funding support, please provide a single paragraph summary to and we will keep this on record for future consideration. We are particularly interested in hearing of potential planned conservation, repair works to tenements, townhouses, shops and the public realm.


Edinburgh World Heritage provides advice and support for owners of historic homes in maintaining their building. And, as a partner of the RENFORUS initiative – Renewable Energy Futures for UNESCO Sites – we’ve compiled info on energy efficiency solutions that can improve the thermal performance of historic buildings, reduce carbon emissions and lower fuel bills.

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