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Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

A property in an area of Wick which is being addressed by CARS funding
This scheme 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 3rd sector organisations experienced in delivering multi-funded projects.

Assistance is 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 through 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


Since 2005, there have been six CARS application rounds awarding £33m of Scottish Government investment, and the successful applicants are listed below.

Further Information

If you have any questions in regards to CARS, please use the contact details provided in the box to the right of this page.

Round 1 (2007 - 2012)

Local Authority
Conservation Area
Grant Awarded
Aberdeenshire Banff £156,250
Aberdeenshire Peterhead £650,000
Argyll and Bute Campbeltown £382,500
Dumfries & 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 & Trossachs National Park Killin £62,500
North Lanarkshire Kilsyth £325,000
South Lanarkshire Leadhills £400,000
Western Isles Stornoway £300,000
Total £6,575,705

Round 2 (2008 - 2013)

Local Authority
Conservation Area
Grant Awarded
Aberdeen 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 & Kinross Coupar Angus £192,000
Total £1,880,136

Round 3 (2009 - 2014)

Local Authority
Conservation Area
Grant Awarded
East Ayrshire   Cumnock £888,050
East Lothian Haddington £836,000
Fife Kirkcaldy £495,917
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Callander £250,000
North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld Village £375,000
Orkney Islands Stromness £857,583
Perth & Kinross Blair Atholl £306,574
Renfrewshire Paisley £738,800
Scottish Borders Kelso £307,500
Total £5,055,424

Round 4 (2011 - 2016)

Local Authority
Conservation Area
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 £3,273,677

Round 5 (2013 - 2018)

Local Authority
Conservation Area
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 £10,213,500

Round 6 (2015 - 2020)

Local Authority
Conservation Area
Grant Awarded
Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire Council £1,203,571
New Lanark New Lanark Trust £1,548,732
Strathaven South Lanakshire Council £625,000
Coatbridge North Lanarkshire Council £800,000
Tranent East Lothian Council £570,900
Millport North Ayrshire Council £750,000
Campbeltown Argyll and Bute Council £990,000
Total £6,488,203

Contact us

Investment and Projects Team
Historic Scotland
Room 2.6, Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8815