We wouldn't want you to miss out if the cost of our courses is an issue! That's why we are always trying to find ways of helping you cover the cost of attending our courses.

If you are a member of BLF, IHBC, RIAS and RICS, we can offer a 20% reduction on course costs. Simply call or email our Admin Team to obtain a reference code.

See below for current funding opportunities:


Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration Project

Training subsidy - Contractors and building professionals can apply for bursary support, of up to £500, towards traditional skills training, through the Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project, a Fife Council project, supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, being delivered by Fife Historic Buildings Trust. SLCT courses are eligible for this support.

Please email Emma Griffiths direct emma@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk to apply.

Funded Apprentice Training - The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project also has funding for an apprentice in traditional skills, with a Fife based-contractor. This covers 50% of the year 1 costs of an apprentice. Fife Council Employability team help streamline the recruitment and will support the individual on appointment, and may even be able to access additional funding, reducing the employer costs further. The project also has reserved funds for year 3 and 4 apprentices, to further develop their skills.

Contact Emma Griffiths via email emma@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk to discuss.

Mentoring - The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project has appointed two mentors, to work on a one to one basis with individuals, small or medium sized enterprises, working in Fife, wishing to develop traditional skills in their workforce.

Mentoring costs are met by the project, in the interests of increasing the numbers of contractors able to appropriately maintain and repair the outstanding heritage of listed buildings and conservation areas in Fife. The mentors are:

  1. Roz Artis, Director of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust. Roz is highly experienced in conservation approaches to maintaining and repairing stone and brick structures, making and applying lime mortars, renders and washes. She has decades of experience promoting and delivering practical training skills to the construction sector, as well as a friendly and approachable manner.
  2. William Napier is a conservation accredited chartered building surveyor and fully trained traditional plasterer, with over 30 years experience working in the heritage sector. He is Director with Adams Napier Partnership, Chartered Building Surveyors and Heritage Consultants and has worked on some of Fife’s most significant historic buildings including, Culross Palace, Abbot House, Falkland Palace, Kellie Castle and Lindores Abbey. William is plastering tutor on Scottish Lime Centre courses, and is currently assisting Historic Environment Scotland to update their plasterwork technical guidance. He is an experienced mentor, and has been involved on a previous CARS/TH scheme for Fife Historic Buildings Trust, on behalf of Fife Council.

The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration Scheme is generously funded by Historic Environment Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is a Fife Council project, delivered on their behalf, by Fife Historic buildings Trust.

To find out more about the mentoring scheme, email inverkeithing@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk



Historic Environment Scotland

HES offer various grants including the Historic Environment Support Fund.

This is a small fund used to provide support for one-off heritage events, small projects and training activities. The funding grant can go towards training in traditional skills and payment for travel and study costs associated with the use of traditional materials. Please visit Historic Environment Scotland's website for full details.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust's Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme

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If you are based in Scotland and fall into any of the categories below, you are may be entitled to free training days:

  • Student / Apprentice of the built environment
  • Employee of company with 5 or less employees
  • Sole trader
  • Non-VAT registered
  • Unemployed (for people actively seeking work)

(This Scheme is has now ended for 2019-2020. Please watch out for further announcement!)

Disclaimer: Please note that bursary is based on £150+VAT per day cost which consist of £120 funding grant from HES and  £30 contribution from SLCT. If you are applying for a course costing over £145 per day, please contact our admin on 01383 872722 as you may have to pay a portion of the cost.



LANTRA Scotland - Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund

This training fund has been established by Scottish Government to support the personal development of women, providing them with additional skills to progress their careers and employment opportunities in Scottish agriculture beyond their current role.

One of the key findings of research into women in farming and the agriculture sector was that there was a clear need for more access to, and uptake of, vocational, practical training for women across the industry.

To all women involved in Agriculture in Scotland, you could get up to £500 of funding towards practical, land-based, skills training. Contact Lantra for more information and application



CITB Grants Scheme

The CITB Grants Scheme provides grants for employers in the construction industry to train their workers.

CITB pay grants for the achievement of approved short courses, which last from 3 hours to 29 days and are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry.

Please contact CITB or visit their website for information on eligibility and how to apply.