1 Overview

This scheme provides financial help for conservation area based regeneration and conservation initiatives.

Funding may be given to such initiatives run by:

  • local authorities
  • National Park authorities
  • community groups
  • other voluntary sector organisations experienced in multi-funded projects

Funding is provided over a five-year period to support the set-up of a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

A CARS can be used to fund:

  • a repairs programme for priority projects
  • a small grants scheme – e.g. for homeowners or retailers
  • community engagement through training opportunities in traditional skills and through education programmes
  • training opportunities for traditional craftspeople
  • public realm conservation and restoration
  • administration costs, including for the appointment of a dedicated project officer

A further £10 million is now available for a seventh CARS funding round. Find out how to apply.

See details of all our CARS funding awards to date.

You may also be interested in finding out about the Townscape Heritage programme on the Heritage Lottery Fund website. 

2 How to apply

As of May 24, 2016, £10 million is available for a seventh CARS funding round. Applications are now open, with a submission date of 31 August 2016.

Completed applications can be submitted to grants@hes.scot

Or by post to:

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Historic Environment Scotland is bound by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. This means that any information that you send us or which is provided to help process your application may be made publicly available.

3 Previous funding rounds

Successful applicants for the sixth round of funding were announced in March 2015.

There have been five other CARS application rounds since 2005. These have awarded £27m of Scottish Government investment in total.

CARS Round 7 will be launched in May 2016 and the application form and guidance notes will be available on this page.

Five-year awards of funding were made as below.

Round 1: 2007–2012

Local authority Conservation area Total grant awarded
Aberdeenshire Banff £156,250
Aberdeenshire Peterhead £650,000
Argyll and Bute Campbeltown £382,500
Dumfries and Galloway Whithorn £370,000
East Ayrshire Kilmarnock £811,170
Edinburgh Leith £468,285
Falkirk Bo’ness £300,000
Fife Dunfermline £850,000
Highland Wick £1,500,000
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Killin £62,500
North Lanarkshire Kilsyth £325,000
South Lanarkshire Leadhills £400,000
Western Isles Stornoway £300,000
Total investment £6,575,705

Round 2: 2008–2013

Local authority Conservation area Total grant awarded
Aberdeen City The Green £350,000
Angus Brechin £370,750
East Ayrshire Kilmarnock – John Finnie/Bank Street £253,980
Fife Dysart £395,000
Midlothian Dalkeith £318,406
Perth and Kinross Coupar Angus £192,000
Total investment £1,880,136

Round 3: 2009–2014

Local authority Conservation area Total grant awarded
East Ayrshire Cumnock £888,050
East Lothian Haddington £836,000
Fife Kirkcaldy £495,917
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Callander £250,000
North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld Village £375,000
Orkney Islands Stromness £857,583
Perth and Kinross Blair Atholl £306,574
Renfrewshire Paisley £738,800
Scottish Borders Kelso £307,500
Total investment £5,055,424

Round 4: 2011–2016

Local authority Conservation area Total grant awarded
Aberdeenshire Portsoy £500,000
Argyll and Bute Rothesay £499,933
Fife Anstruther £500,000
Highland Dingwall £420,000
North Ayrshire Irvine £500,000
South Ayrshire Ayr £498,244
Moray Keith £355,500
Total investment £3,273,677

Round 5: 2013–2018

Local authority Conservation area Total grant awarded
Aberdeenshire Banff £500,000
Angus Kirriemuir £645,000
Argyll and Bute Inveraray £970,000
East Ayrshire Galston £750,000
Falkirk Falkirk £1,600,000
Fife Cupar £1,000,000
Glasgow City Parkhead Cross £1,000,000
Midlothian Gorebridge £548,500
Moray Elgin £750,000
North Ayrshire Kilbirnie £500,000
Orkney Islands Kirkwall £1,200,000
Scottish Borders Selkirk £750,000
Total investment £10,213,500

Round 6: 2015–2020

Local authority Conservation area Total grant awarded
Aberdeenshire Fraserburgh £1,203,571
Argyll and Bute Campbeltown £990,000
Dumfries and Galloway Stranraer £541,392
East Lothian Tranent £570,900
North Ayrshire Millport £750,000
North Lanarkshire Coatbridge £800,000
Renfrewshire Paisley Town Centre £998,554
South Lanarkshire New Lanark £1,548,732
South Lanarkshire Strathaven £625,000
Total investment £8,028,149

4 Contact

You can contact us with your questions about the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.

Email: grants@hes.scot 
Telephone: 0131 668 8815

Investment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

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