Assistance available to owners or occupiers of historic buildings in Scotland for the creation of a maintenance plan.
Grants are awarded at rates of up to 75% of the cost of preparing a maintenance plan, prepared by a suitably accredited professional adviser, with the maximum grant for each application being £6,000.
The Maintenance Plan Grant is provided by Historic Scotland to support the creation of maintenance plans for historic buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest. Maintenance plans help to identify and plan required maintenance to protect the fabric of historic buildings and reduce the likelihood of damage and costly repairs. Assistance is available to owners or occupiers of historic buildings in Scotland to employ an accredited professional advisor to create a maintenance plan.
Repair work should not be included in a maintenance plan.
Applicants must be organisations or individuals who have a legal responsibility for the repair of a historic building in Scotland. Applicants will normally need to own the building, or hold a full repairing lease, which has at least 21 years to run, and be able to demonstrate that the property is open to the public for at least 25 days per year.
Qualifying buildings are assessed as being in Bands 1 to 4, as follows:
- Band 1 – comprises the most significant historic buildings in Scotland: very few buildings will be assessed as Band 1. This band includes buildings which are important in an international or UK context, as well as those judged of critical importance to Scotland's built heritage.
- Band 2 – comprises buildings which easily rank among the most significant in a national context and/or those which represent the very best examples of regional character or building type.
- Band 3 – comprises buildings which are judged as Outstanding in a regional context, or buildings which would rank as Outstanding in a national context, but which have been compromised to some extent.
- Band 4 – comprises buildings which have at least one characteristic or aspect of exceptional interest which pushes them into the Outstanding class although, without this feature, they would not be judged Outstanding.
Not a specified requirement.
When carried out on a planned basis, maintenance helps to prevent the types of failure which occur predictably within the life of a building.
Maintenance falls into three main categories:
- Inspection to assess condition, report any problems and decide whether repair or other work is necessary.
- Specific tasks, such as testing building services and clearing debris from gutters.
- Minor repairs, such as fixing slipped slates, replacing broken glass and making temporary 'flashband' repairs to leadwork.
Maintenance differs from repair, which is work carried out to put right defects, significant decay or damage, and work to return a building to a good condition on a long-term basis.
Grants will only be given to suitable projects that employ a competent professional adviser with relevant specialist conservation knowledge ability or experience to prepare the costed maintenance plan. The professional must be suitably accredited in building conservation.