Perth City Heritage Fund

Regeneration Through Conservation

Following the restoration of city status to Perth in 2012, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust has been encouraging the regeneration of Perth's historic buildings through the Perth City Heritage Fund (PCHF), a scheme funded by the Scottish Government regeneration strategy for cities through Historic Environment Scotland. PCHF’s aim is to foster economic regeneration by grant-assisting owners of historic buildings within the Perth Central and Kinnoull Conservation Areas with the costs of high quality repairs to their homes using traditional materials and best conservation practice.

The Perth City Heritage Fund is now in its third term thanks to a new phase of funding from Historic Environment Scotland, beginning in 2018 and ending in 2021. Phase 3 will target comprehensive repairs to historic tenements in multiple ownership; repairs to historic buildings used or owned by local charities; and unused or under-used historic buildings to bring them back into use.

The PCHF story so far

The first phase of Perth City Heritage Fund ran from 2012-2015 providing grant assistance to 22 projects. To date, a further 26 projects have been completed through tranche 2, investing over £2 million in the conservation and repair of Perth's historic buildings. 

The first two phases of the PCHF ran between 2012-2015 and 2015-2018 and provided £1.1m of grant assistance to 48 projects, drawing in a total investment of over £2.5 million to the conservation and repair of Perth's historic buildings. These phases targeted projects with the greatest economic benefit to Perth's historic environment and included empty, under-used or dilapidated buildings in particular. Demand for the scheme has been so high that both phases were fully subscribed.

Since 2012, PCHF has:-

  • Assisted in bringing 38 units of substandard accommodation back into an acceptable condition;
  • Encouraged the formation of 9 owners' associations;
  • Assisted 7 charities with repairs and improvements to their properties;
  • Brought 817 square metres of long term vacant floor space into commercial use;
  • Refurbished or reinstated 328 sash and case windows;
  • Repaired or reinstated 10 historic shop fronts.

Why not take a closer look at how PCHF is making a different to Perth through some of our case study examples - Historic Tenement RepairsEmpty BuildingsShop Fronts and Smaller projects - or explore the map below for a full directory of the projects that we've grant assisted.

For further guidance on best conservation practice see the HES Advisory Standards of Conservation Repair for the Historic Building Environment of Scotland or visit our Information and Advice page

Interested in applying for a Grant?

We are now inviting applications for grant assistance in Phase 3 of the Perth City Heritage Fund (2018-2021).

If you are in the process of developing a project and would like it to be considered for grant assistance, please get in touch through the pre-application enquiry form below. We encourage enquiries as early as possible in a project's development to ensure that the proposed works are eligible. We’ll consider both large and small projects which meet the principle objectives of the scheme and the funding criteria. Please be aware that Grant priorities and terms & conditions have changed as of 1st April 2018.

  • Please review the Grant Guidelines and Summary of Standard Conditions for more information on funding themes and eligibility prior to making your enquiry.
  • Should you need any further assistance or have any questions please contact the Fund Manager Sara Carruthers on 01738 477093 or email
PCHF Grant Guidelines 2018-21
HES Advisory Standards 2018

Should you encounter any problems or need assistance completing this enquiry form please contact a member of the PCHF Team on 01738 477080 or email

Pre-Application Enquiry Form Privacy Notice

By submitting a PCHF enquiry using this form you are consenting to sharing your personal data with Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT). Information you supply will be kept and used to respond to your enquiry. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (2018), the lawful basis for retaining and processing your data is 'legitimate interest'.

(i)   Your personal information will only be disclosed to a person or organisation (third party) outside of PKHT where it is considered beneficial to an enquiry response. This will be in the form of either Forwarding your email or through a Carbon Copy (CC) email.

(ii)  Your data will be held securely and only retained for as long as strictly necessary for the Trust to respond to your enquiry or to fulfil core organisational functions where you enquiry leads to further transactions with the Trust. You have the right to request we delete your details and don't share them with third parties at any time.

(iii)  For further information on how your information is used, how we maintain the security of your information, and your rights to access information we hold on you, please see our Data Protection Policy (



Other Grant Sources:

Applicants may wish to investigate the following sources of potential funding assistance:

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) Equity Loan 

Perth and Kinross Council Feasibility Funding 

Perth and Kinross Council Empty Homes Initiative 

Alternative sources of funding may also be found on the Heritage Funding Directory, a free guide managed by The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund.


PCHF Partners:

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Training & Events

PCHF encourages best conservation practice, offers guidance on appropriate repair & maintenance, promotes traditional building skills development and raises awareness of the built historic environment through an annual training and events programme. This includes CPD, Property Repair Seminars and Traditional Building Skills Roadshows. Details of up and coming events can be found on our events page or below. For summaries of previous fixtures, check out our news feed.

PCHF Trad Skills Event 2018
PCHF CPD Programme 2019

Looking for Technical Guidance?

Historic Environment Scotland produce guides on a wide range of historic building care and upkeep topics. Find out more on our advice page.

Whether a homeowner, architect, builder or local authority officer, if you're considering historic building repairs, The Pebble Trust offers a really useful Sustainable Renovation Guide.