The Great Place Scheme will fund projects in areas where there is a commitment to embed heritage in local plans and decision-making. By strengthening the networks between heritage, civic and community organisations, and by involving citizens and local businesses, projects will enhance the role that heritage plays in the future of each place participating in the Scheme. In time this will lead to the wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits that heritage can achieve.

This is a pilot scheme. It will fund activities which can be built on in the future, and whose learning can be shared with other places.


The Great Place Scheme will enable heritage organisations to make a step-change in how they work together, and with other organisations in other sectors, in order that heritage contribute more to meeting local social, environmental and economic objectives.

What will the Great Place Scheme do?

The Great Place Scheme is investing in nine places across the country. These are: 

  1. Outer Hebrides: Heritage for People - £156,000
  2. Paisley and Renfrewshire: Developing a Cultural Destination - £250,000
  3. Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere: PLACE (People, Land, Art, Culture, Environment) - £150,000
  4. Glasgow: Reawakening Glasgow’s Canal - £340,100
  5. Dunfermline: Lighting up the Auld Grey Toun - £288,000
  6. Badenoch Heritage: Bringing the Past to the 21st Century - £352,000
  7. Greenock: Stories from the Street - £200,000
  8. Falkirk: Landscape, industry and work - £462,300
  9. Preston, Seton, Gosford: Heritage Connections - £249,000