£10m up for grabs for historic sites around Scotland

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CONSERVATION areas around Scotland could benefit from £10m Historic Scotland funding if they apply by August.

This week, Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for Culture and External Affairs, launched Historic Scotland’s latest round of Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes (CARS) funding for local authorities. CARS grants breathe new life into run-down areas by funding sustainable economic growth. They support projects that develop an area’s sense of place and will run over the next five years.

Ms Hyslop, Linlithgow MSP, said: “These grants have already made a huge difference in many areas, returning our historic communities to their former glory. 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 as 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.”

CARS specifically target conservation areas with social and economic disadvantages that make it difficult to attract investment in sustainable regeneration. Historic Scotland has awarded more than £16m towards this initiative since 2007.

Local authorities have until August 31 to submit an application. More information can be found at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/grants