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Built Heritage Repair Grant – now closed for 2016

The Built Heritage Repair Grant is for the repair and restoration of traditional buildings across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

The traditional built heritage is an important facet of the National Park’s character and the grant scheme has been established to:

  • Encourage owners to repair/restore their properties, securing their long-term future, and ensuring that they continue to make a positive contribution to the character of the National Park.
  • Encourage owners to consider repair as the first option. Only where it can be shown that, for example, a slate roof or timber sash and case window  is beyond repair will a grant be considered for replacement.
  • Support communities in repairing and maintaining their built heritage.
  • Support the Proposed Local Development Plan policies and associated guidance.
  • Ensure that traditional building skills are not lost.
  • Reduce our carbon footprint by conserving our built heritage.

Who can apply?

To qualify, your property must date from before 1919, and typically be built in stone or timber with slate or corrugated iron roofs. Fine examples of buildings from a later period may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

This year, applications will be accepted for repairs to listed buildings and traditional buildings located across the National Park. Projects which will restore the built heritage in the heart of communities will be particularly welcome, such as village centres.

If a traditional building has been considerably altered, applications which show a commitment to restoring it to its original character will be encouraged.

What will the grant pay for?

Grants are available to assist with the external repair of traditional buildings using traditional materials and methods. Eligible works include:

  • Repairs to traditional windows and doors
    Re-roofing in traditional materials (slate & corrugated iron)
    Repair or renewal of lead work and cast iron guttering
    Chimney repairs or rebuilding of demolished chimney
  • Repairs to stone work and render
    Re-pointing in lime of entire historic building or main or an entire elevation.
  • Repair of traditional boundary, walls, railings, gates, gate piers
  • Traditional signage (Commercial buildings)
  • Shopfront restoration/improvements
  • Decoration, only if associated with other grant eligible works
  • Re-instatement of architectural features e.g. decorative bargeboards, finials, railings, traditional dormers
  • Replacement of non-traditional materials e.g. UPVC windows with timber.
  • Repairs to the built heritage which will contribute to the improvement of public areas.

Grants are available for up to 50% of grant eligible works, to a maximum of £5,000. Funds however, are limited, so these amounts are not guaranteed, levels will depend on the number of eligible applications received by the deadline.Routine maintenance and redecoration, conversion or alterations, interior fitting-out or renewal of services will not qualify for grant assistance. Also, applications for works which have already started on site or are complete, will be rejected.

How to apply

Please speak to Carolyn O’Connor or Craig Jardine to make sure that your project is eligible for grant funding. Telephone 01389 722600 or email

If your project is considered to be grant eligible please fill in the form below and return it along with your quotes to the Built Heritage Adviser, National Park Headquarters, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG.

For works of a value up to £2000 (ex VAT), two quotes will be required; over £2000 (ex VAT) will require three quotes. These must cover identical areas of work, i.e. if you are applying for works to your windows and are unsure whether they require repair or replacement you must provide quotes for each option and these should be fully detailed and itemised. Two quotes for works of a specialist nature may be accepted regardless of the value of the works.

Property owners are reminded that traditional properties are often favoured roosting locations for bats and nesting sites for birds.  Grants will be awarded subject to the required surveys being carried out.

Please include photographs of all elevations, including where works are proposed.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 12 noon and all projects should be completed by 24 February 2017.

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