FAQs

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our grants programmes.

What do you fund?

Through our conservation grants programmes we aim to help people enjoy, understand and care for Glasgow’s historic built environment and to provide funding and expertise which will ensure the sustainability of the City’s heritage for current and future generations.

The Trust operates five grant programmes:

Building Repair Grants assist building owners in carrying out essential conservation repairs to traditional buildings within Glasgow. The grants programme aims to improve the sustainability of Glasgow’s built heritage for current and future generations.

Development Grants support projects in their early stages in Glasgow City, assisting with their development, for example through feasibility studies and options appraisals.

Traditional Skills Grants support projects which actively engage existing and new audiences in understanding, appreciating, and applying those skills used to construct, maintain and repair traditional buildings and their constituent parts.

Heritage Grants support projects that provide opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy Glasgow’s historic built environment.

Community Grants support projects largely developed and delivered by community members that engage communities with built environment issues.

For more information on what we can fund and eligibility please read our Guidance Notes.

What can't you fund?

  • We won’t fund repairs to a private home. It is unlikely that a single householder will be able to deliver the social, environmental and economic outcomes that we require from grant funded building repair projects and it is likely that investment will instead be focussed on larger comprehensive repair schemes involving a whole tenement or multiple owners in a building.
  • We can’t fund work that has already been carried out.
  • We can’t provide 100% of the costs of a project.
  • We can’t fund repairs to active Places of Worship – visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website to find out more about their grants for Places of Worship.
  • Local authorities and public bodies are not eligible for Building Repair Grants.
  • We can only fund repairs to buildings which are Category A-Listed, Category B-Listed, Category C-Listed or in a Conservation Area – if you aren’t sure you can check your buildings status here.
  • We can’t fund the costs of existing staff, premises and other running expenditure where it relates to the project.
  • We won’t fund a talk by the grantee on their own project (other speakers providing a talk as part of a grant can be paid a maximum of £150 fee plus reasonable travel expenses)
  • We won’t fund catering/ refreshment costs, if that is the only thing for which grant funding is being requested. Catering/ refreshment costs requested as part of a wider programme will be considered at the Committee’s discretion

How do I know which grant programme I should apply for?

Read our Guidance Notes which set out what we will fund, and what we’re looking for from you for each of our five grant programmes.

Then fill in our online enquiry form. If we don’t think your project is eligible for funding, we will tell you and provide you with possible reasons why. If your project looks like it is eligible, your enquiry will be passed on to the most appropriate member of our team. They will aim to respond to you within 14 days to discuss your project and to further ascertain if it fits our grants criteria. If so, they will then provide you with a full application form to be completed and submitted to us.

How do I apply?

Please read the Guidance Notes and then fill out the enquiry form on our website.

If we don’t think your project is eligible for funding, we will tell you and provide you with possible reasons why. If your project looks like it is eligible, your enquiry will be passed on to the most appropriate member of our team. They will aim to respond to you, usually within 21 days, to discuss your project and to further ascertain if it fits our grants criteria. If so, they will then provide you with a full application form to be completed and submitted to us.

Completed applications will be considered by the relevant committee, if they are received at least 10 working days before the committee meeting date. Where a grant application misses the deadline it will be considered at the next available committee meeting date. Committees meet on a quarterly basis.

What information will I need to complete the enquiry form?

We will ask if you are proposing a building repair project, or a community engagement, skills or education project.

For building repair projects you will need:

  • The full address of the property you want to repair
  • Whether the building is listed or in a conservation area, check here.
  • Whether the building is currently in use
  • Whether you have funding, or have applied for funding from other sources
  • A brief outline of the work you hope to do – read our Guidance notes for a list of eligible repairs.
  • Your contact details (you only need to provide this information if you want to submit an official enquiry to us)

For a community engagement, skills or education project you will need:

  • A brief outline of the project
  • What the need for the project is and if you have any evidence of this need
  • How much the project will cost in total (a rough idea at this stage is fine)
  • How much you want to apply to us for (again, just a guide would be great)
  • Whether you are working with any partners
  • Any other funding or in-kind contributions you’ve got or applied for.
  • Your contact details (you only need to provide this information if you want to go ahead and submit an enquiry to us)

Can I attach more information to my enquiry e.g. budget, survey report

Yes! If we think you are eligible for a grant and you complete the enquiry form all the way to the end there will be an option to attach supporting documents. There is a maximum file size of 10MB.

Do you have funding deadlines?

Completed grant applications will be considered by the relevant committee, if they are received at least 15 working days before the committee meeting date. Where a grant application misses the deadline it will be considered at the next available committee meeting date. Committees meet on a quarterly basis. You will be informed of whether your Grant application has been successful within one calendar month of the deadlines below.

Deadlines for 2020 are as follows:

Grants Committee (for Building Repair and Traditional Skills Grants):

5th February 2020

8th April 2020

29th July 2020

4th November 2020

Finance Committee (for Development Grants):

24th February 2020

13th May 2020

12th August 2020

18th November 2020

Outreach Committee (for Heritage and Community Engagement Grants):

12th February 2020

6th May 2020

5th August 2020

11th November 2020

Can I speak to someone over the phone to see whether we are eligible for funding?

For a conversation to be meaningful we first need to know a little bit about what you’re proposing to do. We recommend you complete our enquiry form to find out if you should apply for funding from the Trust.

If you are having problems with the form, please contact us on 0141 552 1331.

I want to repair or reinstate the traditional windows in my property - am I eligible for a grant?

When we assess applications for Building Repair Grants we will consider the following:

  • Does the project deliver on the priorities set out in our Building Repair Strategy?
  • Which of the Building Repair Grants Programme’s social, environmental and economic outcomes will the project achieve and how will this be measured? (see our Guidance Notes for more details)

If you are an  individual householder wishing to repair or reinstate traditional windows in your property you will not be eligible for a grant for this work. This is because it is unlikely that a single householder will be able to deliver the social, environmental and economic outcomes and it is likely that investment will instead be focussed on larger comprehensive repair schemes involving a whole tenement or multiple owners in a building.

My property is a listed building - does that mean I'm eligible for a grant for repair work?

The property needs to be listed (or in a conservation area) to be eligible for a Building Repair Grant, but we also need any grant-funded project to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for Glasgow. Read our Guidance Notes for more information about what we’re looking for.
You can check if your building is listed or in a conservation area here.

Your online form said I'm not eligible for a grant - why not?

If we’ve said that we don’t think you’re eligible for a grant, there might be a variety of reasons why. For example:
  • It is unlikely that a single householder will be able to deliver the social, environmental and economic outcomes that we require from grant funded building repair projects and it is likely that investment will instead be focussed on larger comprehensive repair schemes involving a whole tenement or multiple owners in a building.
  • We can’t fund projects that have already started.
  • We can’t provide 100% of the costs of a project.
  • We can’t fund repairs to active Places of Worship – visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website to find out more about their grants for Places of Worship.
  • Local authorities and public bodies are not eligible for Building Repair Grants.
  • We can only fund repairs to buildings which are Category A-Listed, Category B-Listed, Category C-Listed or in a Conservation Area – if you aren’t sure you can check your buildings status here.
  • We require all grant funded projects to deliver outcomes for communities and for Glasgow’s heritage – read our Guidance Notes for more information about what we’re looking for.

Read our Guidance Notes to check what we’re looking for and try the form again.

How will projects be assessed?

When we assess your application, we will consider the following:

  • Whether your project will meet our Strategic Priorities
  • Whether your project will meet one or more of our Outcomes

Your application will be scored against our priorities and outcomes, and this will be used by the committee when considering your application. Please note the Trust will use its discretion in the final assessment of your application.

Read our Guidance Notes for more details on assessment of applications to each Grant Programme.

What's an 'outcome'?

The “outcomes” of your grant are what you want to achieve as a result of our funding.

At enquiry stage we will ask you which of our key outcomes your project will achieve. See our Guidance Notes for the key outcomes we’ve identified for each Grant Programme.

If you make a full application we will ask for specific outcomes you think can be achieved by the end of the grant, and details of how you will monitor your progress towards these outcomes (indicators).

Evaluation Support Scotland has excellent resources on using outcomes and indicators to explain the difference your project makes.

You've told me I need to find some match funding for my project, any ideas?

A new online funding toolkit has been launched as the legacy of the four-year Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage partnership programme, led by Arts & Business Scotland with Archaeology Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, greenspace scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland.

Inspiring Fundraising aims to help everyone in the heritage sector in Scotland raise funds for their organisation, cause or project, effectively and with greater confidence.

Read more at inspiringfundraising.co.uk.

Who can I contact about my grant?

For a query about your grant funding from us, please contact the appropriate officer:

Building Repair Grants: Niall Murphy – niall@glasgowheritage.org.uk

Heritage Grants: Rachel Kacir / Gemma Wild – outreach@glasgowheritage.org.uk

Development Grants: Taylor Cross-Whiter – taylor@glasgowheritage.org.uk

Traditional Skills Grants: Gemma Park – gemma.park@glasgowheritage.org.uk

Community Engagement Grants: Silvia Scopa – silvia@glasgowheritage.org.uk

Thing of applying to us for funding?
Download our guidance notes and fill out our enquiry form to check if you're eligible.