DHET Grants

DHET operates a grants scheme which awards funding towards eligible schemes for either the repair of historic buildings or streetscapes, or towards ‘heritage outreach’ projects. The funding is made available through Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funding, how the projects meet the Trust’s aims and objectives and all projects must follow the ‘Advisory Standards of Conservation and Repair for the Historic Built Environment in Scotland,’ produced by HES. The Trust aims to award around £180,000 per annum.

Applicants for grant are strongly advised to refer to DHET’s grant guidance in the first instance and must submit a project enquiry to determine eligibility for funding under the relevant grant programme. Building grants are awarded to projects for the appropriate repair of historic fabric and outreach grants are awarded towards funding technical training, feasibility studies, conservation plans or developing interpretive material.

Grant rates vary depending on the type of work that you are proposing and how well it meets the Trust’s strategic priorities.

Building Conservation Grants

DHET operates a scheme of conservation area building repair grants for buildings located within or near to, one of Dundee’s 17 conservation areas. Grant eligibility includes the location of the building, its age and characteristics, the type of project and the nature of the proposed repair and materials used.

To be eligible for grant, buildings being repaired should be of traditional construction (usually, but not always, built pre -1919). We prioritise listed buildings and applications with a focus on regeneration or commercial activities, and with include additional measures to improve energy efficiency or adapt to climate change are particularly welcomed.

We also award a small amount of funding towards public realm projects. These are usually streetscape features such as old paving where there is community value.

To check if your building is in a conservation area, and whether it is listed click here:

Listed Buildings and conservation areas

Criteria Needed to be Met

The following criteria need to be met in order to apply for grant funding:

  • The proposed repairs are to the structure or to the exterior of the building or item
  • The repairs must use the traditional materials, craft skills and construction techniques that would have been found/used in the original building. Acceptable materials include natural stone, lime mortar, slate, iron, lead, other metals and timber.
  • All historic buildings are eligible except for places of worship, buildings owned by financial institutions and those owned by local authorities or financially assisted directly by Historic Environment Scotland. Please refer to Other Sources of Funding for further information regarding potential sources of funding.

Ineligible works or Projects

  • 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 repairs
  • Routine maintenance such as gutter cleaning, fixing slipped slates or localised repointing (please refer to link maintenance under technical advice section)

Priority Checker

Whilst your project may be eligible for funding, the Trust will prioritise projects that best meet DHET strategic priorities and the Scottish Government’s economic and regeneration strategies.

  • Priority is given to listed buildings (A to C) with highest to category-A listed buildings and lowest to unlisted buildings
  • Priority is given to projects which provide a new use for buildings which were previously redundant or underused, and/or where the end use benefits the local economy or provides other community benefits.
  • Priority is also given to charities, community groups and local applicants

If having checked that your project is eligible, please fill in the project enquiry form. We will contact you if we have any more questions regarding your project. If the Trust considers that your project could be eligible for funding, we will issue you with an email link to an application form.

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DHET Heritage Outreach grant

DHET awards approximately 15% of its available funding to heritage outreach projects. Applications from volunteer groups and/or charities are particularly welcomed. We also fund feasibility studies, conservation plans and technical training especially where the building this involves bring a vacant historic building back into meaningful use.

Priority & Eligibility Checker

Whilst your project may be eligible for funding, the Trust will prioritise projects that best meet DHET strategic priorities and the Scottish Government’s economic and regeneration strategies

  • Projects that provide opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy Dundee’s historic built environment. This can include interpretative material such as leaflets
  • Feasibility Studies which relate to bringing buildings back into use
  • Conservation Plans which further the understanding and management of historic assets
  • Streetscape features such as setts/paving/statues/railings where there is community value.

Ineligible

  • We cannot fund projects where funding has been awarded by HES or one of its grant funding partners such as the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

Other Sources of Funding

Applicants may also wish to investigate other sources of potential funding both locally and nationally. There are a small number of funders who specialise in heritage projects, in addition to Trusts, who have an interest in conservation of the built heritage.

Dundee City Council  External Funding –
Diane.milne@dundeecity.gov.uk
01382 434653
Assistance to help Dundee groups and organisations access external funding:
DCC External Funding

Dundee City Council also offers discretionary grants and loans to private householders and landlords under the Scheme of Assistance:
Improvement and repair scheme private households

SCARF delivers the Home Energy Scotland service in Dundee City council. Grants assist a variety of energy saving measures addressing fuel poverty:
https://www.scarf.org.uk/householder/hes/grants-and-funding/.

Historic Environment Scotland runs a range of grant programmes including an historic environment repair grant scheme to promote and protect the historic environment. Funding cannot be awarded by DHET where HES funding has been awarded (and vice versa):
Historic Environment Scotland

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Fund Scotland operates a number of grants schemes supporting people and communities to explore, conserve and celebrate heritage.

Architectural Heritage Fund Scotland: The Architectural Heritage Fund Scotland offers various grant programmes which includes project development grants and project viability grants.

Alternative sources of funding may also be found on the Heritage Funding Directory, a free online guide  managed by the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Heritage Alliance and on the online grant funding directory complied by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Funding Scotland

Churches are not eligible to apply for funding from DHET and should seek funding from Historic Environment Scotland and schemes such as The Listed Places of Worship (LPW) as well as schemes such as the National Churches Trust and the All Churches Trust. Grant Scheme gives grants that cover the VAT incurred when making repairs to listed places of worship in use as places of worship. Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Examples of Eligible Work

* 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

Examples of Eligible Work

* 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

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What You Will Need

Following your project enquiry, if you are invited to apply, we will send you an email with a link to the application form which gives access to the application form.

Full applications normally require the following information though this will be dependent on the scale and complexity of your project:

  • Description and specification of the project (including annotated plans if applicable)
  • Photographs (digital images) as existing
  • Costings (contractor estimates or QS report)

Note: Where your proposed project is large and complex and in the planning stage, DHET will provide you as to whether the project is likely to be eligible for funding. This will not, however, be a formal offer of grant and will not oblige DHET to subsequently award grant.   

Please review the Grant Guidelines, HES Advisory Standards of Repair and the summary of standard grant conditions for more information before making your enquiry. Grant applicants must sign and fully complete the application form as well as sign the separate Standard Grant conditions declaration form acknowledging that these have been read and agreed.

Further Information

  • Projects must not have started before formal grant offers have been made and legal paperwork is in place.
  • Projects where grants have been approved will be required to start and finish within an agreed timetable.
  • Grant applications are considered the DHET Trustees at regular meetings and grants are awarded to eligible projects and costs and are subject to the availability of funding and at a level which reflects the Trust’s strategic priorities
  • Typical awards range from 25% to 50% of eligible costs
  • The award of grants and decisions are at the discretion of the Trustees and the Trustee’s decision is final
  • Applicants who are VAT registered will normally not be able to claim the VAT element as an eligible cost but for those who are not VAT registered, it is claimable.
  • Grants are paid out on satisfactory completion of works following full payment to contractors.

Next Steps

1) Check your project is eligible based on the information above and guidance notes.
2) Submit a project enquiry form.
3) If eligible you will be notified and issued a link to an application form by email.
4) Complete the application form and sign.
5) If appropriate we will arrange for a visit to your project.

START ENQUIRY FORM

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch or drop in to pick up an enquiry/application form in person.

T : 01382 902 244
E : INFO@DHET.ORG
29 EXCHANGE STREET, DUNDEE, DD1 3DJ

APPLY FOR A GRANT

What You Will Need

Following your project enquiry, if you are invited to apply, we will send you an email with a link to the application form which gives access to the application form.

Full applications normally require the following information though this will be dependent on the scale and complexity of your project:

  • Description and specification of the project (including annotated plans if applicable)
  • Photographs (digital images) as existing
  • Costings (contractor estimates or QS report)

Note: Where your proposed project is large and complex and in the planning stage, DHET will provide you as to whether the project is likely to be eligible for funding. This will not, however, be a formal offer of grant and will not oblige DHET to subsequently award grant.   

Please review the Grant Guidelines, HES Advisory Standards of Repair and the summary of standard grant conditions for more information before making your enquiry. Grant applicants must sign and fully complete the application form as well as sign the separate Standard Grant conditions declaration form acknowledging that these have been read and agreed.

Further Information

  • Projects must not have started before formal grant offers have been made and legal paperwork is in place.
  • Projects where grants have been approved will be required to start and finish within an agreed timetable.
  • Grant applications are considered the DHET Trustees at regular meetings and grants are awarded to eligible projects and costs and are subject to the availability of funding and at a level which reflects the Trust’s strategic priorities
  • Typical awards range from 25% to 50% of eligible costs
  • The award of grants and decisions are at the discretion of the Trustees and the Trustee’s decision is final
  • Applicants who are VAT registered will normally not be able to claim the VAT element as an eligible cost but for those who are not VAT registered, it is claimable.
  • Grants are paid out on satisfactory completion of works following full payment to contractors.

Next Steps

1) Check your project is eligible based on the information above and guidance notes.
2) Submit a project enquiry form.
3) If eligible you will be notified and issued a link to an application form by email.
4) Complete the application form and sign.
5) If appropriate we will arrange for a visit to your project.

START ENQUIRY FORM

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch or drop in to pick up an enquiry/application form in person.

T : 01382 902 244
E : INFO@DHET.ORG
29 EXCHANGE STREET, DUNDEE, DD1 3DJ