Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop has announced that £10 million of funding will be made available to regenerate Scotland's conservation areas.
The Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop has launched Historic Scotland's latest round of Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes (CARS) funding for local authorities. CARS specifically target conservation ares with social and economic disadvantages that make it difficult to attract investment in sustainable regeneration.
Funding can be used for repairs and improvements to private homes and businesses as well as restoring local landmarks to bring them back into use. Funding is available to appoint suitably qualified staff to guide the project or provide training in traditional skills.
Property owners can apply for small grants for improvements such as restoring sash and case windows or repairing traditional rainwater goods. Provision is made to enable life long education and training opportunities, and also in spearheading work to public spaces.
Announcing the grants, Fiona Hyslop said: 'These grants have already made a huge difference in many areas, returning our historic communities to their former glory. They have meant that the architecture, building styles and traditional materials that make places like Brechin, Orkney and Campbeltown unique are properly preserved.
'By restoring our high streets and town centres we protect their distinct identities. The people who live, shop and work there benefit from it and so does the economy and work and training opportunities are created and tourism potential is enhanced.
'I hope many more councils will seize this opportunity to work in partnership with Historic Scotland and other bodies to kick start regeneration projects across Scotland.'
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