Eight communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a shared £863,050 funding, awarded by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for Scotland (Heritage Fund).

HES and the Heritage Fund have joined forces to jointly provide area-based funding via the new Heritage & Place Programme (H&PP) run by HES to support the regeneration of Scotland’s places, and the Heritage Fund’s Thriving Place commitment.

It is the first time that both organisations have jointly encouraged projects to apply for development grants, providing access to a larger pool of resources for heritage projects across the country.

The news was announced by Scotland’s Culture Secretary Angus Robertson from Govan, where Glasgow City Council plan to regenerate significant aspects of the local Conservation Area.

This first phase of funding will support the development of sustainable development plans for the eight areas over the next 12 months, with the potential that HES and Heritage Fund will then award up to £19.8 million jointly to deliver the projects in the coming years.

Susan O’Connor, Head of Grants at HES, said: “Heritage-led regeneration and the reuse of historic buildings is an important catalyst for generating long-term social and economic benefits, and I’m incredibly excited to see the plans develop over the next 12 months to help contribute to a vibrant and sustainable future for each of these eight places.”

Caroline Clark, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Director for Scotland, added: “The funding we are announcing today, thanks to National Lottery players, will help revitalise eight communities across Scotland leading to potential investment of up to £19.8 million. Our aim is to help drive heritage and community focused regeneration, helping local people to deliver long-term, sustainable improvements.”

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The full list of projects awarded joint funding are:

Buckhaven, Fife Council: £170,000

For a project to restore the remaining built heritage within Buckhaven, alongside public realm works and community-focused engagement.

HES development grant: £85,000

Heritage Fund development grant: £85,000

Girvan, South Ayrshire Council: £170,000

For a project to revive Girvan’s identity as a destination. The project will research, interpret, educate and celebrate the heritage of the town; protect and repair the historic fabric of the townscape; and stimulate economic regeneration.

HES development grant: £85,000

Heritage Fund development grant: £85,000

Airdrie, North Lanarkshire Council: £150,000

To transform Airdrie town centre and the local economy, establishing Airdrie as a vibrant place and a centre for creativity, culture, enterprise and learning through restoring and repurposing heritage assets and engaging with the local community and visitors to connect them with Airdrie’s heritage.

HES development grant: £50,000

Heritage Fund development grant: £100,000

Govan, Glasgow City Council: £87,900

For a project to tackle the next phase of restoration in Govan’s built heritage, with a focus on bringing disused sites back into sustainable use.

HES development grant: £43,950

Heritage Fund development grant: £43,950

Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council: £86,350

For the regeneration of the east end of Union Street which has high levels of vacancy, resultant deterioration and a lack of investment compared to other areas. There will be repairs to five priority buildings and public realm improvements alongside a community engagement and skills development programme.

HES development grant: £43,175

Heritage Fund development grant: £43,175

Tarbert, Argyll & Bute Council: £80,000

To create new economic opportunities through support of local businesses and increased tourism. Restored historic buildings will protect the unique character of this fishing village and provide better routes for young people in particular to stay in the area.

HES development grant: £40,000

Heritage Fund development grant: £40,000

Forres, Moray Council: £66,000

This project will protect the distinctive historic character and attractiveness of Forres and take steps to green the conservation area and connect those spaces with local parks.

HES development grant: £33,000

Heritage Fund development grant: £33,000

Granton Waterfront, The City of Edinburgh Council: £52,800

To rescue, preserve and enhance a range of ‘B’ and ‘C’ listed built heritage assets within the Granton Waterfront area, including the Granton Lighthouse, and provide training opportunities in traditional building skills.

HES development grant: £26,400

Heritage Fund development grant: £26,400

The next round of funding for the Heritage & Place Programme will open for expressions of interest on Wednesday 31 May.

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