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Edinburgh World Heritage/Neighbourhood Focus

Neighbourhood Focus

Neighbourhood Focus Areas

Edinburgh World Heritage is launching a new Neighbourhood Focus approach targeting areas of the city that will benefit most from our grants and advice.
This new Neighbourhood Focus approach will build on our previous area-based work, and will maximise the community and public value of what we do.

If you are a property or business owner in or around the Canongate, Cowgate, South Bridge, Lothian Road/Tollcross, or Forrest Road you may be eligible for grants for conservation work, maintenance and energy efficiency improvements.

Read about our Programme aims and offers below.

What are our Neighbourhood Focus aims?

  • Empower communities to connect with and protect their heritage
  • Improve the condition of buildings and restore the historic character of the area
  • Make buildings more energy efficient through sensitive, visually unobtrusive means
  • Respond to local needs to make the area a better place to live and do business


Our offer to business owners and residents

  • Grants and expert advice for the external conservation and repair of tenements, shops, and places of heritage or community value
  • Grants for building maintenance
  • Grants and advice for community public realm work such as interpretation, streetscape materials, historic railings and monuments
  • Grants and expert advice for sensitive energy efficiency and climate change adaptation improvements
  • Support for generating action on key local matters raised by residents and businesses


Available grants

There are several grants available to residents and business owners in the areas that we are targeting for area regeneration. Read through the following overviews to see which grant best applies to you.

Demand for limited funding is expected to be high. We encourage early applications for works expected to take place from 2022-2026. 

Conservation Funding Programme Grant

Edinburgh World Heritage’s conservation funding programme grants fund work on the external fabric of historic buildings, using traditional materials and methods.

The following work may be eligible for grant funding:

  •  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

To find out more about this grant and to download the Guidance Notes and Application Form click here 


Building Maintenance Grant

Edinburgh World Heritage has launched a new Building Maintenance Grant of between £150 – £1,500 to fund up to 50% of minor building maintenance works.

The following work may be eligible for grant funding:

  • Roof repairs, addressing lost, damaged or slipped roof slates 
  • Gutter clearances 
  • Removing inappropriate vegetation growth from buildings and rainwater systems  

To find out more about this grant and to download the Guidance Notes and Application Form click here


Climate Emergency Programme 

Edinburgh World Heritage’s Climate Emergency Programme supports energy efficiency and climate change adaptation work in our historic places.

This can include-

  • Energy efficiency: Action to reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a building. For example, through building repair, draughtproofing, insultation or low carbon heating systems, and works to windows. These sensitive interventions make buildings more energy efficient, while preserving what makes them special.
  • Climate Change adaption: Action to increase the resilience of a given asset against the impacts of climate change such as flooding, water ingress or overheating. This might include buildings, the public realm, or green spaces. This work makes our urban environment more resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.

The programme offers-

  • Grants
  • Facilitation and development of community-led projects
  • Facilitating project opportunities involving private assets

If you live in a historic tenement or townhouse, or own a historic shop, get in touch to see how we may be able to support you through our grants and advice.

Contact our Climate Change Manager, Yann Grandgirard –


Community Public Realm Grant

Edinburgh World Heritage’s Community Public Realm Grants support local groups to deliver projects that will improve historic public spaces. This can include railings, surface materials, statues, historical interpretation, and more.

This grant can be claimed by a wide range of community groups, including, but not limited to-

  • Small charities
  • Local history groups
  • Community gardens
  • “Friends of” groups

The grant can co-fund projects that seek to-

  • Protect: repair or conserve an element of the historic public realm
  • Enhance: improve or enhance neglected areas
  • Educate: interpret public spaces, tell stories, and support learning
  • Support wellbeing: create green spaces for people to enjoy the historic environment

If you have a local project that would benefit from this grant, get in touch to see how we may be able to support you.

Contact our World Heritage Site Project Manager, Fiona Rankin –

Donate or partner with us

  • If you’re running a project in this area, and would like to discuss how we can partner up for greater impact, we’d love to hear from you
  • Donations and other contributions from individuals and businesses are much needed to support and make the most out of our work – and a great way to support people and place in Edinburgh

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