New Scottish grant fund launched to support challenging, unique or innovative projects thanks to funding from William Grant Foundation

Thanks to new funding from the William Grant Foundation, projects in Scotland are now eligible able to apply to us for the Tailored Support Fund. This is intended to help organisations and projects that may not fit will within the criteria of our other grant programmes. 

We’re particularly keen to hear from projects that might be aiming to create something unique and exceptional, which will contribute more widely to enriching Scotland’s built environment fabric but which might be currently difficult to find funding for, or which seek to test out new ways of doing things, create models which are replicable, or offer wider lessons for others.

Examples of some of the situations we would welcome a discussion from eligible projects include:

  • meanwhile uses

  • funding gaps due to unexpected situations/increased costs

  • projects involving unlisted buildings that are still demonstrably important heritage to local communities

  • emergency repairs

  • any other areas where our other grant funding programmes cannot currently assist

Projects that are interested in this fund should first discuss their potential eligibility with the Support Officer for Scotland prior to making an application.

Matthew Mckeague, Chief Executive of the AHF:

“We’re very pleased to be working with the William Grant Foundation to deliver this new funding stream. We’re hoping we can fund timely work or challenging schemes and really make a difference to a project’s success.”

Nick Addington, Chief Executive of the William Grant Foundation said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the AHF to provide this new funding. We know there are a huge range of diverse and creative projects across Scotland that are seeking to use historic buildings to make a real impact and deliver important services for local communities. We are keen to see how this new flexible grant fund can help support these groups deliver their objectives.”

The first three awards from the WGF Tailored Support Fund were as follows: 

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Rogart Mart

“The involvement of AHF and the William Grant Foundation was highly significant … it really helped us to secure the further funding we required.”

1.    Rogart Mart, Sutherland, Highland
What is the project?

Turning a 1950s metal cattle market auction shed into a live music venue and destination for the local area. The Mart will provide a unique venue in Sutherland for indoor and indoor/ outdoor gigs for bands local to the North Highlands and further afield. The building is to be refurbished and adapted for use as a multi-purpose indoor/outdoor venue with a programme of music and theatre as well as moveable heritage displays and farmers’ markets. 

Why was it a good fit for the Tailored Support Fund?

The Mart is an unlisted building, not in a conservation area, but still of huge local heritage importance. It would not be eligible for our other grant funding programmes on that basis.

What did we offer them?

A grant of £7,500 towards the development costs and a project officer to manage the project delivery.

What did they say about it? 

“The involvement of AHF and the William Grant Foundation was highly significant for our plans to redevelop the former Auction Mart. Their recognition of the cultural, economic and social importance of the building to our community – despite it being unlisted – really helped us to secure the further funding we required.”

Find out more about the Rogart Mart.

 

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Ukranian Chapel

“Without the guidance and help provided by AHF and this funding from the William Grant Foundation we were close to losing the building.”

2.    Ukrainian Chapel, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway
What is the project?

An exceptional building; one of only two former POW chapels known to survive in Scotland (the other being the A-listed Italian Chapel on Orkney). Unlike the Italian Chapel, the Ukrainian one has never been restored or upgraded since it was first created. The building is at severe risk from water ingress. TheFriends have plans to increase the visitor, education and outreach offerings, the chapel building itself is urgently in need of emergency repairs.

Why was it a good fit for the Tailored Support Fund?

Involves emergency repairs /capital works to a listed church, with no change of ownership or use planned.

What did we offer them? 

Grant of £7,500 offered to help with building surveys and contribute towards emergency repairs to the windows and main entrance.

What did they say about it?

“Without the guidance and help provided by AHF and this funding from the William Grant Foundation we were close to losing the building. There is now positive momentum towards repair and renovation, which will lead to the cultural, architectural and historical significance of the Ukrainian P.O.W. chapel being more widely celebrated and shared.” 

Find out more about the Ukranian Chapel.

 

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Shambellie House

“This help came at just the right time as the project had established a long term sustainable plan but were being challenged…”

3.    Shambellie House, Dumfries & Galloway

What is the project?

Shambellie House is a B-listed former mansion near Dumfries, built in 1858. Until 2013, it was the Scottish National Museum of Costume. Since that closed, a local trust has been working to find a sustainable new use for the site, and have been developing plans to use it as a centre for day and residential courses photography, arts, crafts, wildlife and the environment.

Why was it a good fit for the Tailored Support Fund?

Following earlier support from the AHF, an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund was turned down. Funding was required to tight timescale to re-engage the professional team to look at rescoping the project to a smaller scale on a phased basis. It would not have been easy to find additional match funding in the required timescale.

What did we offer them?

Grant offer of £10,000 towards revised plans, updated conservation deficit report and an economic impact survey to help unlock additional capital funding.

What did they say about it?

Gordon Mann Chair of the Board of Shambellie House Trust said:

“This help came at just the right time as the project had established a long term sustainable plan but were being challenged to deliver this at a significantly lower cost. This will enable us to revise our designs and costings and also allow us to spell out the long term benefits more clearly.”

Find out more about Shambellie House.