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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.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their feedback to us regarding where you would like to see funding committed in the World Heritage Site and its surrounding areas. Submissions have now closed.


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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