- £41.5 million has been awarded to 63 separate conservation schemes
- based on reports from the first four rounds, more than 35,000 square metres of vacant floorspace was brought back into use for residential and retail premises
- the initial funding rounds also supported the setup of 142 new businesses in town centres and 464 new jobs were created in high unemployment areas
"CARS is one of our most successful and popular funding programmes and we are delighted to offer a further round to more communities.
"CARS grants should have as wide an impact as possible and, by delivering the funding at a local level, communities can make the most of their heritage assets.
"It is a clear statement from the Scottish Government in the importance of heritage and regeneration that we have provided Historic Environment Scotland with £14.5 million for a further year, helping towns and cities across Scotland improve and preserve their built environment.
"It’s wonderful to see a number of historic buildings in Cupar brought back into a good state of repair - old buildings need regular care and attention.
Notes for editors:
- The CARS is a devolved funding programme, typically running every other year. Round eight is open for applications from local authorities; national park authorities; and community or voluntary sector organisations experienced in multi-funded projects.
- To celebrate 10 years of CARS funding investment, HES has produced a series of short films featuring previous grant recipients. The films can be viewed here and downloaded here.
- CARS funding is enhancing and bringing historic buildings back into use:
- In Kirkwall, Orkney, the B-listed and vacant ‘Old Library’ is now a café, shop and art gallery.
- In Campbeltown, the renewed waterfront and town centre have benefited from investment and the Town Hall has been brought back into use for the community.
- Businesses are seeing the impact of CARS funding support and local investment:
- In Falkirk, improvements to historic buildings and new shopfronts is helping businesses to thrive and take advantage of the growing local tourism industry.
- Derelict buildings around the harbour of Portsoy have been restored, including the ‘Sail House’ bunkhouse, which is now offering four-star accommodation to visitors.
- CARS funding is preserving the character of old town centres:
- In Orkney, new paving from a local quarry has been laid on its streets to replicate the roads from 150 years ago.
- In Gorebridge, the historic core of the village has been regenerated by incorporating the right materials for building conservation, like lime mortar instead of cement.
- Historic Environment Scotland provides a significant role as a grant provider, investing over £14.5 million per year in national and local organisations to support building repairs, ancient monuments, archaeological work, the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and the voluntary sector. HES encourages community groups and property owners who meet requirements to apply for grants under the various schemes.
- Fife Council, in partnership with Fife Historic Buildings Trust, is investing over £7 million in the historic properties and streets of Cupar. Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund have made awards totalling £1.5 million to establish the Cupar CARS / Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) programme, which runs from April 2014 to March 2019.
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