Conserving the historic environment
Grants are available through our Conservation Funding Programme 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.
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 early in the New Year.
What types of grants are available?
Grants are available for eligible private owners and commercial buildings (please check eligibility on page 4 of our Guidance Notes). Depending on the work involved, the grants available include:
This is an interest-free grant which you will need to repay to us whenever you sell or transfer your property. In the case of commercial property, the grant is repaid on sale or transfer of your property, or after 10 years; whichever is sooner.
This is an interest-free grant which you do not need to repay to us, unless you sell or transfer your property within 24 months of your project being completed.
A combination of the above
We can offer a combination of funding types for certain projects, for example if the value of your grant exceeds £50,000, we could offer both a non-repayable grant (for the first £50,000) and repayable grant (for the amount over £50,000).
If you are a public, community or charitable organisation, please refer to our project funding page.
What conservation work to buildings is funded?
We fund work on the external fabric of historic buildings, using traditional materials and methods such as:
- Stonework (e.g. repointing, repair and paint removal with approved methods)
- Roof (e.g. leadwork, slatework, joinery, flashings and chimneys)
- Shopfront restoration/reinstatement
- Limework (e.g. lime pointing, lime wash and lime harling)
- Restoration/reinstatement of missing original architectural details
- Repair of original windows including reinstatement of original pattern
- Railings, steps and other features may be included as part of larger works