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Preserving the Past for the Future

Our Mission

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA encourages Americans to connect with the things that make Scotland unique – from coastlines to castles, from art to architecture, from wildlife to wilderness – and to protect them for future generations.

How We Help

As an independent American not-for-profit corporation, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA exists to support the work of Scotland’s largest conservation charity. We make grants for projects that protect Scotland’s natural, built, and cultural heritage, while providing American donors with valuable tax benefits.

Since 2000, we have granted nearly $10 million to preserve Scotland’s most iconic and inspiring places, including Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Culloden Battlefield, Culzean Castle & Country Park, JM Barrie’s Birthplace, St Kilda, Iona, Crathes Castle, Brodie Castle, Hill House, and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Grants to Scotland

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

The Foundation has long supported work at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and in Fiscal Year 2018-19 we funded important structural repairs to the exterior of the Burns Cottage and the development of a public garden space behind the Cottage that has improved the environment for the benefit of the local Ayrshire community and is encouraging environmental conservation action at a local level.

Preston Mill’s Water Wheel

Preston Mill’s Water Wheel

Made famous by its use as Lallybroch in Outlander, when you first see Preston Mill you might think you’ve taken a step back in time. Last winter, the Mill’s water wheel fused and would no longer turn. NTS USA partnered with NTS on what turned out to be a wildly successful social media crowdfunder to fund the repairs needed to fix the wheel. With the help of Outlander fans around the globe, and Outlander star Sam Heughan who has been vocal in his support of the campaign, the necessary funds were raised in just a couple short weeks!

The Fountain Court at Culzean Castle

The Fountain Court at Culzean Castle

With the help of members and friends who generously supported our 2018 annual appeal we were able to fully fund the restoration of the water feature at the center of Culzean Castle’s Fountain Court. The repairs are now complete and the magnificent fountain is fully functional again. The restoration work was completed with the expertise of Culzean’s own preservation stonemasons!

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