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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 (October 2020)

Edinburgh World Heritage’s current three-year funding cycle for the Conservation Funding Programme ends on 31st March 2021. As available funds have already been committed, we regret that we are now unable to accept new applications for consideration.  We will provide an update on the availability of funds as soon as details have been agreed, which we expect will be in Autumn 2021.

Edinburgh World Heritage asks residents to help shape conservation priorities

Thank you for your interest in helping to shape our future building conservation priorities for Edinburgh.

Our Conservation Funding Programme exists for the conservation of buildings and public spaces in and around the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. The programme closed to new applications in November 2020, pending confirmation of new funding from Historic Environment Scotland.

Our emerging priorities for the next period of funding are towards looking at whole neighbourhood that might need support, rather than just individual buildings. This is part of our overall plan to:

  • Protect and support the outstanding universal value of the World Heritage Site
  • Encourage Traditional Building Skills and Maintenance
  • Help owners conserve and enhance the World Heritage Site

Now, as part of wider efforts in the city to ‘build back better’ post-COVID-19, we are asking local people to help identify neighbourhoods and individual buildings in or near the World Heritage Site that need attention.

Who is this for?

If you live in a tenement or own a shop or business, you could be a potential partner for one of our Conservation Funding Programme projects. We are looking to hear from property owners and tenants who would like to conserve or enhance their historic properties or neighbourhoods. We are looking for projects which will make a positive impact towards regenerating areas within the World Heritage Site and surrounding area.

Is there a specific area you are looking at?

We will be exploring areas that are in need of regeneration in and around Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site and adjoining conservation areas , where the need is greatest and where improvements will make the biggest impact on the city.

When will this work begin?

Funding will be available through the Conservation Funding Programme (funded by Historic Environment Scotland), to be delivered with partners in a three-year funding period from 2022 – 2025. Over the next few months, we will be exploring new ideas and opportunities based on the feedback we receive.

Why is this work important?

In addition to enhancing the built environment and improving areas within the World Heritage Site, this regeneration work will promote the use of traditional materials and skills through training and apprenticeships. The conservation of buildings and neighbourhoods will also improve the wellbeing of residents, owners, tenants and the wider community and provide a boost to the economy post-Covid-19.

How do I take part?

To submit your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on the conservation work you want to see in Edinburgh, please download and complete the form below and send it to

Please note that this invitation to tell us about your ideas or project is not a formal application, but an informal opportunity for you to briefly tell us about your hopes and aspirations for your property or neighbourhood.


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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