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Dundee Historic Environment Trust is an independent charitable organisation supported by Dundee City Council and Historic Environment Scotland. Established to promote and encourage the conservation, protection and improvement of Dundee’s historic environment. It does this through providing grant assistance for the repair of buildings and townscape features.
The trust can offer best practice advice on historic buildings maintenance, events, talks and workshops often in partnership with other organisations and contributes to the Dundee Heritage Walk programme.
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Conservation Area Repair Grants
Dundee Historic Environment Trust operates a scheme of conservation area repair grants.
- The project must for the repair of a building located in one of Dundee’s 17 conservation areas. This can be checked by the maps here. We prioritise applications from areas with a focus on regeneration or commercial activity, such as the city centre, Blackness or Lochee.
- The building being repaired should be historic. Most building supported by the scheme are listed buildings. Priority is given according to listing category (A, B, C, unlisted).
- The repairs have to be to the structure or to the exterior of the building.
- The repairs have to use the same traditional materials, craft skills and construction techniques as found in the original building. Acceptable materials might include stone, lime, slate, iron, lead, other metals and timber.
- Whilst such works are not grant eligible in themselves, projects including additional measures to improve energy efficiency (such as by adding roof insulation) are also prioritised.
Typical projects supported by grants might include:
- essential structural repairs
- comprehensive roof repairs
- repair of chimneys
- repair or replacement of rainwater gutters
- repair of stonework
- repair of historic boundary walls or garden structures
- repair of external joinery
- repair of historic external metalwork
- public realm repairs
- agreed project-related outreach / interpretation
- agreed project-related skills training initiatives
- agreed professional fees
- project development costs for major regeneration schemes
Work that can’t be assisted includes alterations and additions; projects that have already started; use of modern materials such as GRP or cement mortars; artificial and substitute materials or techniques; chemical treatments; stone cleaning; interior repair; routine maintenance, such as clearing gutters, fixing slipped slates or localised repointing.
- All historic buildings are eligible, with the exception of places of worship (which have their own scheme), buildings owned by financial institutions, and those owned by local authorities, and projects already assisted directly by Historic Environment Scotland.
- Priority is given to projects which provide a new use for buildings that were previously redundant or underused, and also where the end use benefits the local economy or provides other community benefits.
- Priority is also given to charities and local applicants.
How to Apply
Complete the website inquiry form, or drop in or call us to make a pre-application inquiry and we will advise on eligibility. Download or ask for an application form. If appropriate, we will arrange to visit your property to discuss the proposed work with you.
Full applications normally require (depending on project):
- description and specification of the project (eg annotated plans if appropriate);
- photographs as existing;
- costings (eg contractor estimates or QS report);
- a completed and signed application form.
Indicative applications are relevant to larger projects which don’t yet have full details. DHET will provide you with an indication of the likely response.
- Eligible applications must include the details as specified above andmust be accompanied by an original signed full application form.
- Grant applications are considered by the DHET trustees at their regular meetings and grants are awarded to eligible projects, subject to availability of funds and at a level which reflects compliance with the application prioritisations.
- Projects must not have begun before the applications are determined; approved projects will be required to have begun and be completed within an agreed timeframe.
- Typical awards vary from 25% of eligible costs to 50% of eligible costs.
- Applicants who are VAT registered will not normally be able to claim the VAT element as eligible costs but non-registered applicants can.
- Grant offers to single applicants that are for amounts exceeding £25,000 will be asked to comply with additional requirements.
- Grants are paid out on satisfactory completion of the works following full payment to contractors.
If you have any queries about the work of the Trust or would like more information on projects which we might contribute funding towards, please contact:
Dundee Historic Environment Trust
19 Dock Street
Tel: 01382 902244
Limited Company Registered in Scotland No. 268877
Scottish Charity No. SC 036165