ACVO Opportunities


Community Heritage Grants

Funding available: Up to £5,000

Applications close: 31/01/2025

About this fund

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is a Limited Company and Scottish Charity which receives financial support from Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeen City Council.

The Trust will consider making grants available to support repair or interpretation of local heritage. Additionally the Trust will consider supporting work where it will result in a Building At Risk (BAR) being removed from the national register.

All grants offered by the Trust are discretionary. There is no automatic entitlement to receive a grant for a project even where it seems to meet Trust criteria.

Who can apply?
The principal purpose of Community Heritage Grants is that projects are community-led and provide significant benefits to the community.

Typically, the Trust will consider applications from not-for-profit organisations such as charities or trusts, community or voluntary groups, student groups, “friends of” groups, community councils, community interest companies and social enterprises. It may also be possible to support individuals who are carrying out research. This list is not exhaustive.

Applicants will preferably have a recognisable constitution and office-bearers with clear lines of accountability. It should be clear how an organisation operates and funds its activities. If receiving a grant, the applicant/organisation will need to have a bank account into which any grant payments can be made.

The local council will not normally be permitted to apply for grant, however, there will be a requirement that it will contribute to projects where it remains the owner of a structure that will benefit from a grant for repair.

It is for the Trust to consider whether your organisation is of a type and configuration that it can support.

What can we fund?
Aberdeen City Heritage Trust operates within the boundary of Aberdeen City. The Trust will consider applications directed towards three main types of project that focus on Aberdeen’s heritage:

  1. Buildings at Risk
  2. Repair of Community Heritage
  3. Interpretation of Community Heritage

What must your project deliver?
We want your project to be meaningful and to have lasting effect where a grant has been offered. In your project you must demonstrate:

  • how heritage will be better managed
  • how the condition of heritage will be improved, or progress made towards improvement/reuse
  • how heritage will be better identified, interpreted and explained
  • what people will have learned about heritage
  • what skills participants in your project have developed
  • what voluntary input has been made, and
  • how the project has reached the wider community

Looking for support with funding?

Identifying funding opportunities and writing grant applications can seem overwhelming, especially when the future sustainability of your group is dependent on gaining funding support. 

Our supportive Funding Officer, Claire Shaw, can help your organisation with every step of the funding application process, from carrying out funding searches to proofreading your application.

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Community Heritage Grants

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust

Funding available: Up to £5,000

Applications close: 31/01/2025

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