What is CARS?
A Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a jointly funded grant programme that provides assistance for regenerating historic towns, like Millport, that are conservation areas.
Millport CARS is funded by Historic Environment Scotland and North Ayrshire Council.
It provides funding until March 2021 to deliver;
- grant schemes to help property owners and tenants repair and reinstate the external appearance of their historic buildings
- repairs programmes for priority projects (key buildings in the CARS area)
- community engagement, training and education programmes to improve traditional building skills and achieve greater awareness and understanding of Millport’s built heritage
Shopfront Improvement Area (SIA)
North Ayrshire Council is offering grant funding to restore traditional shopfronts within priority streets of the SIA.
Grant eligible areas
View Millport CARS eligible areas (PDF, 314kb)
Types of grant
Funding will be offered at 85% towards eligible costs. Part funding by property owners or tenants is required.
The following grant funding caps apply;
- Shopfront Improvement Grants (within CARS area) - up to 85% towards eligible costs of works, up to £15,000 per project
- Shopfront Improvement Grants (outside the CARS area) - up to 85% toward eligible costs of works, up to £10,000 per project
- Small Repair Project Grant (within CARS area) - works up to 85% towards eligible costs of works, up to £25,000 per project
Maximum grant funding available for a priority project (over £25,000) will be set by the council on a project by project basis.
More than 85% grant funding may be offered for eligible works that would achieve significant regeneration benefits for Millport Conservation Area.
What works are grant eligible?
Read our Grant Application and Eligibility Guidance (PDF, 4.97mb) to find out. This guidance also provides information on the application process and related requirements. Grant eligible works must be undertaken by a suitable experienced building contractor and must be consistent with Historic Environment Scotland’s Advisory Standards of Conservation and Repair for the Historic Building Environment in Scotland (PDF, 236kb).
Register your interest
If you have not registered your interest in a grant already, complete and submit an Expression of interest (PDF, 682kb).
Once we receive this, we will contact you to discuss proposals further.
When you have been advised to do so by the Project Officer, complete and submit a Millport CARS application (PDF, 768kb).
We request 1st round applications and all supporting documents by:
- 30 September 2017 - decision October 2017
- 22 January 2018 - decision February 2018
- 10 March 2018 - decision April 2018
The 2nd round deadlines are still to be set.
Opportunities for local contractors
Local contractors interested in:
- carrying out works funded by this scheme
- taking part in training courses on traditional building skills
should email the Project Officer to register interest.
Works will include:
- slate roof repairs
- masonry repairs
- wood and sash window installation
- restoring historic shop fronts
Works under £10,000
We will ask for 3 competitive estimates based on the specification of works.
Works over £10,000
We will ask for, at least, 3 tenders from 3 contractors with suitable experience.
Contact Kasia Smith with any queries or for advice relating to the scheme:
Telephone: 01294 324769
Mobile: 07826 534292
Millport CARS Officer
Economy and Communities
Irvine KA12 8EE