New heritage group offers £10m in funds

Paisley skyline against a sunset Image copyright AP
Image caption Paisley has benefited from previous cash injections

Communities across Scotland are set to receive £10m from the country's new heritage body.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is inviting applications from groups which believe their area could benefit.

The money is aimed at repairing and restoring the built environment while helping to stimulate economic regeneration.

HES is replacing Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

The heritage body is making the announcement at the launch of its first corporate plan in Paisley, Renfrewshire - an area which has benefited from previous cash injections.

Employment opportunities

Dr David Mitchell, acting chief executive for Historic Environment Scotland, said: "Our investments the length and breadth of Scotland both support and inspire people and communities to utilise their heritage for the future."

He said the money could be used to help breathe life back into high streets, provide employment opportunities or help to promote tourism.

The funding, available over a five year-period, can go towards repair programmes, small grants schemes or training opportunities.

The money will be distributed through the charity's Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Each round of funding is open to local and national park authorities, community groups and other third-sector organisations.

The deadline for applications is 31 August.

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