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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