The Elgin CARS Small Grants Scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of exterior repair work to traditional (historic) buildings within the High Street Conservation Area. Grants will be offered at a maximum of 50% towards eligible costs, therefore part funding by building owners is required. Funding is available subject to meeting the scheme criteria, on a first come, first served basis and it is possible that not all applications will be successful.
It is important to note that the scheme reflects the cautious, studied approach set out in various international conservation charters. In particular, the cultural significance of the buildings should not be compromised and the work should retain as much historic and original fabric as possible, by minimising interventions. Approved repairs to the existing fabric should adopt the traditional materials, craft skills and construction techniques found in the original building.
Eligible works include:
Traditional shopfront repairs and improvements
Sash and case windows
Cast iron rainwater goods
Stonework repairs, repointing and traditional renders
Doors & external joinery
Re-roofing in traditional materials
Repair or renewal of lead work
Applicants should also note that Listed Building Consent procedures and repair grant procedures are entirely separate systems. It should be understood that any proposals to alter any part of the building may require consents such as Listed Building Consent and that consent does not necessarily mean that the proposals qualify for grant assistance through Elgin CARS. Items such as routine maintenance and redecoration, conversions or alterations, interior fitting out or renewal of services will not qualify for grant aid.