Inverness City Heritage Trust was established to take a strategic view of the conservation needs of the buildings within the Riverside and Crown Conservation Areas and to co-ordinate a programme of repair and restoration work funded by grant assistance. Grants offered by the Trust are discretionary.

Owners of buildings within Inverness Riverside and Crown Conservation Areas, like all property owners, are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the fabric of their buildings.  However, the traditional materials and craftsmanship required to preserve the appearance and character of old buildings may demand additional expenditure.  Inverness City Heritage Trust grants are intended to help meet this additional cost, and to assist with the reinstatement of original features.


The Trust is operating a building repair grant scheme, which will assist, with the repair of commercial properties in Inverness City Centre. Unfortunately due to budget constraints, we have had to suspend our residential grants until 2017 when the situation will be reviewed.

Grants will be given for works that on completion bring the external shell of the building back into a state of good repair.

Building Repair Grants Scheme


To put into sound repair, the structure and external envelope of buildings which make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the Inverness City Centre.

Eligible works

Must be works to conserve the structure and external envelope of the building, use appropriate conservation techniques or methods of construction and high quality natural or traditional materials.  The Trust will give extra weighting to projects in the City Centre that can be classed as “regeneration” (see below) *.

Works may include:

  • General structural repairs
  • Structural timber repairs
  • Specialist Treatments
  • Re-roofing & high level repairs
  • Chimney repairs
  • Leadwork & rainwater goods
  • Render, stonework & brick work repairs and repointing
  • Windows, doors & external joinery
  • Repair of external boundary walls
  • Reinstatement of traditionally styled shopfronts

Other eligible costs

  • Professional fees, up to 16% of eligible works cost. Other fees may be eligible depending on the composition of the team.
  • If VAT cannot be zero-rated or recovered in any way then it is eligible for grant.

The Trust has a budget of £1.25M to cover the period 2015-20.  Of this £946,841 will be available for projects on Academy Street only.  Each application will be based on its own merits and is now scored against pre agreed eligibility criteria.

Building Repair Grants – are assessed approximately four times a year.  Owners of property in Inverness City Centre, particularly Academy Street may be eligible to apply for a higher percentage of grant assistance.

If you would like to make an application for grant assistance, please contact us to discuss your project further.

The deadline for applications for grant assistance for the 2015-16 are as follows:

Friday 07 August 2015

Friday 30 October 2015

Friday 12 February 2016

Non-eligible works:

Work already complete or underway i.e. retrospective grants

  • Routine maintenance, including redecoration unless the decoration is needed as a direct result of eligible repair
  • Interior repairs, unless they result directly from repairs to the structure, or are vital to its preservation
  • Pedestrianisation schemes, new design and speculative recreations of lost features and townscape

* Regeneration in terms of the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy and what we aim to work towards is defined as:

 “The holistic process of reversing the economic, physical and social decline of places where market forces alone won’t suffice”