EWH’s Climate Emergency Grant — Round 2

As part of its Climate Emergency strategy adopted in June 2020, Edinburgh World Heritage aims to define best practice in relation to energy retrofit and climate change adaptation interventions in the Old and New Towns of World Heritage Site. This includes the implementation of pilot projects that aim to test solutions suitable to this specific context.

As a result, Edinburgh World Heritage launched in 2022 the first round of the new Climate Emergency Grant. The grant provides funding to private owners and public, private and third sector organisations wishing to carry out targeted energy efficiency improvements or climate change adaptation interventions alongside conservation repairs in their traditional properties.

The Climate Emergency Grant funds the following types of work:

• Energy efficiency improvements to historic windows or external doors to improve their thermal performance and reduce heat losses

• Adaptation of rainwater goods to increase their capacity in handling larger volumes of rainwater – helping them cope with heavier rainfall events and prevent rainwater from making its way into buildings or damaging their facades

Round 2 is expected to be open until 24th September 2023 inclusive. Funds are limited and applications will be dealt with on a first-come first-served basis.

Eligible locations:

  •  in the World Heritage Site (WHS)


  •  in one of these adjoining Conservation Areas: Abbeyhill Colonies, Coltbridge and Wester Coates (area outside WHS), Dalry Colonies, Dean (area outside WHS), Inverleith, Leith (Leith Walk and adjoining area between Albert Place up to Stead’s Place only), Marchmont, Meadows & Bruntsfield, New Town (area outside WHS), Pilrig, Rosebank Colonies, Shaw’s Place (Pilrig) colonies, Southside, Stockbridge Colonies, West End (area outside WHS) – for more information on Conservation Areas in Edinburgh, check the following link)

Eligibility criteria and more information can be found here: https://ewh.org.uk/advice/project-funding/climate-emergency-grant/