A scheme to ensure the continued survival of the architecture and the historic fabric of Edinburgh's world heritage site by conserving and enhancing its universal values.
Two types of funding are available:
- Project Funding: For public, community or charitable organisations - is not repayable.
- Repayable Grants: For private owners and commercial buildings - Repayable grant will be available for eligible work carried out voluntarily. Where work has been enforced by the Council, a fixed rate repayable grant of 25% will be available towards the cost of the enforced work. Individual grant offers will be made to each proprietor participating in a project. A grant of 50% of costs will be available for professional fees for preparing the Conservation Statement, exact sum to be agreed, up to a maximum of £2,000 for medium-sized projects, and up to £5,000 for major projects, depending on the scope of grant eligible works.
Edinburgh Conservation Funding Programme is provided by Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH). EWH is funded by Historic Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.
The purpose of the funding is to ensure the continued survival of the architecture and the historic fabric of Edinburgh's world heritage site by conserving and enhancing its universal values.
The kind of work that the provider does not fund within a Conservation Scheme includes:
- routine maintenance and minor repairs;
- alterations and private interior work;
- upgrading of services;
- underground drainage;
- stone cleaning;
- work already under way.
Stone cleaning may damage stone and is therefore not acceptable to EWH. The removal of paint from stonework, where appropriate and by an approved method, may however be eligible for grant.
Eligible applicants to the scheme are as follows:
- Repayable Grants: For private residential and commercial owners in Edinburgh. Grants are repaid on sale or transfer of the property.
- Project Funding: For public, community or charitable organisations in Edinburgh.
The following criteria will also be used to help assess and prioritise applications:
- Architectural merit.
- Historic interest.
- Townscape value.
- Evidence of risk to the property or historic environment.
- Urgency of work required.
- Threat to Site’s Outstanding Universal Values.
- Compliance with policies and objectives in the EWH Site Management Plan and Action Plan.
- Improvements to economic and social conditions.
- Overall financial viability of the project.
- Financial need for grant demonstrated.
- Public realm work of historic significance.
- Sustainability of development.
Whatever type of grant the applicant is applying for, they will be required to appoint an appropriately qualified and conservation accredited professional adviser.
Grant priorities for the scheme are as follows:
- Routes - Historic buildings and public spaces on major routes through the World Heritage Site such as Leith Walk, London Road, South Bridge, Lothian Road & Shandwick Place.
- Need - Historic buildings in particular need of repair throughout the World Heritage Site.
- Regeneration - Support for targeted neighbourhoods to help improve their environment through conservation.
Project funding will be directed to conservation schemes that:
- conserve or enhance the site through proactive interventions;
- satisfy the EWH Site Management Plan policies and proposals;
- meet the objectives of the EWH Action Plan;
- give additionality to public works projects;
- benefit public, community, or charitable purposes;
- lever in other funds and initiatives for the benefit of the Site;
- facilitate joint partnership working to enhance the environment.
Repayable grants are available for approved Conservation Schemes which conform to policies established in a Conservation Statement for the property.
At any time.
Applicants must complete an application form which is available to access from the website, and if successful will then be invited to prepare a Conservation Statement. The Conservation Statement will set out how the proposals will conserve and enhance the World Heritage Site, and explain who will benefit from the works.