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Historic Scotland provides several funding options relevant to towns which are listed below: (Hyperlinks can be clicked for further information)

  1. Building repair Grants.

    This is financial help for the cost of high-quality repairs available to building owners. It aims to conserve authentic features in buildings of special architectural or historic interest. Owners must insure and maintain the building and allow some access to visitors in return.

  2. Historic Environment Support Grant.

    This is a small fund dedicated to various non-recurring heritage related events throughout the year. It supports a variety of projects such as providing grants to training, travel and study costs associated with the use of traditional materials, producing heritage publications and supporting community outreach.

  3. Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme:

    This is a scheme that provides financial assistance, over a five year period, for Conservation Area based regeneration and conservation initiatives undertaken by Local and National Park Authorities, community groups and other third sector organisations which are experienced in delivering multi-funded projects.Assistance is provided either through support to establish a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) or through support for a Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

    The Scheme can fund: 
    • A repairs programme for priority projects.
    • A small grants scheme (such as to homeowners or retailers).
    • Community engagement by providing training opportunities in traditional skills and through education programmes.
    • Training opportunities for traditional craftsmen.
    • Public realm conservation and restoration.
    • Administration costs including the appointment of a dedicated project officer.

General Advice and support to towns by Historic Scotland.

  1. Planning Aid for Scotland

It aims to help people engage in the planning system. It provides free, impartial advice on planning for individuals and community groups.

Its role in the planning system is to provide advice to planning authorities, developers and others on the potential impacts of development on the historic environment. While preserving the most significant features of our historic environment, it also recognises that the historic environment plays a catalytic role for regeneration and business development.

The advice it offers relates to scheduled monuments and their setting, category A listed buildings and their setting, Inventory battlefields and Inventory gardens and designed landscapes and historic marine protected areas. Such advice will often be linked to statutory functions as part of number of separate consenting processes – such asListed Building,Scheduled MonumentorConservation Area Consent.

2. New Design in Historic settings.

The advice is aimed at designers, developers, local authorities, community groups and other important stakeholders such as amenity bodies.

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