Ancient monument restoration and conservation. Eligible work is generally confined to conservation of existing fabric, associated below ground archaeological work and archaeologist or other professionals' fees.
There is no fixed rate of grant; however, the programme has a limited budget and maximum annual grants for a project are unlikely to exceed £50,000.
In assessing the level of grant, account is taken of the monument's importance relative to others being considered for grant, the urgency of the works, and the alternative sources of funding available to the applicant.
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and is directly responsible for safeguarding Scotland's built heritage and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.
Ancient Monument Grants are provided by Historic Scotland to support monument owners and their representatives undertaking conservation, management and maintenance works. Grant support can cover a percentage of eligible costs, including consultancy and scheduling, to help preserve and maintain the quality of ancient monuments throughout Scotland.
Work should not commence before grant offer has been made.
Ineligible projects include:
- Inhabited buildings.
- Buildings undergoing restoration to make them habitable.
- Buildings with ecclesiastical use (ie churches, mosques, places of worship).
- Ongoing maintenance and management costs.
This grants programme is open to any owner of a monument, land managers, or to a person or body authorised to apply on the owner's behalf to be considered for Ancient Monument Grants.
A monument does not have to be scheduled to be considered for an Ancient Monument Grant, though priority will always be given to those judged to be of particular interest or importance.
Historic Scotland encourages applicants to look into other sources of funding as well as applying for this grant to make sure that their monument is well taken care of.
The purposes for which an Ancient Monuments Grant can be made include:
- acquisition of a monument for the purpose of preserving it;
- removal of a monument, or part of a monument, for the same purpose;
- preservation, maintenance and management of a monument (though day-to-day maintenance expenses are not normally grant-eligible, unless they are part of a Management Agreement between HS and the owner); and/or
- provision by a local authority of facilities, information or other services at or near a monument open to the public.
Historic Scotland aims to ensure that the work carried out using the grants is:
- sympathetic to the character and significance of the monument;
- completed to an appropriate standard; and
- regularly maintained thereafter.
Historic Scotland accepts applications throughout the year, with a closing date of 31 July, after which all applications received are considered together.
Completed application forms should be returned by post to The Investment and Projects Team, Historic Scotland, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH.