Grants and Funding

Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

Support for regeneration and conservation initiatives over a five-year period.

1 Overview

The CARS is a devolved funding programme providing 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), contributing to various different elements including: 

  • 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 and other dedicated support staff as required

The CARS funding programme has been in operation since 2007 with over £40m awarded to date. See details of all our CARS funding awards to date. 

As this is a devolved funding programme, there is no CARS funding directly available from HES for individual properties located within a Conservation Area.  If you are the owner of an historic structure/building that is in need of repair and located within a Conservation Area then please check to see whether it is one of our currently funded CARS or, if not, then please refer to our own Historic Environment Repair Grants to see if you may be eligible.

2 How to apply

An online application system will be available soon.  In the meantime, if you are interested in applying for CARS funding please note your interest by contacting us using the link below and we will let you know as soon as the online application system is open; 
Please include the following information in your e-mail;
  • the name of the proposed applicant, with contact details
  • the name of the conservation area that your CARS project will focus on
  • a brief outline of what your project will include 
  • when you expect your project to start and finish 
  • the estimated major project costs  
We anticipate a closing date for applications of mid November 2018, with decisions on those applications being communicated by the end of February 2019.  

3 CARS Funding Awards

Successful applicants for the seventh round of funding were announced in February 2017.

Since 2007, just over £40m of Scottish Government/HES funding has been awarded towards the following schemes: 

Round 1: 2007-2012 (completed)

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 (completed)

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 (completed)

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 (completed)

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 (current)

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 (current)

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

Round 7: 2017-2022 (current)

Local Authority Conservation Area Total grant awarded
Aberdeen City Union Street, Aberdeen £1,177,104
Argyll and Bute Dunoon £1,002,348
Argyll and Bute Rothesay £500,000
East Lothian Cockenzie £600,290
Scottish Borders Jedburgh £866,500
Total Investment £4,146,242

4 Contact

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

Email: grants@hes.scot 
Telephone: 0131 668 8801

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

Share