Perth City Heritage Fund

Regeneration Through Conservation

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

The greenest building is one already in existence. In order to address the current climate emergency, it is essential that all building owners make the best use of existing embodied carbon, and minimise the environmental cost of new construction through the repair, reuse and retrofit of their traditional buildings. This will lead to lower carbon emissions in Scotland and achieve our net-zero commitments. The 2022-2023 fund is currently open for applications and the Trust welcomes enquiries either through the form below or by telephone. Enquiries are particularly encouraged about 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

Between 2012 and 2022 the Perth City Heritage Fund committed over £1.85m in grant assistance. To date, 78 grants have contributed to over £7.7m investment in high quality repairs to Perth’s historic environment.

Funding comes in tranches: 2012-2015, 2015-2018, 2018-2021 and then, owing to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. The Trust will be applying for a further tranche of funding, to run from 2023-2026, this year. Demand for the scheme has been high and funds are usually fully subscribed. The grants respond to projects with the greatest economic and social benefit to Perth’s historic environment and have included empty, under-used or dilapidated buildings in particular.

Why not take a closer look at how PCHF is making a difference to Perth through some of our case study examples or explore the project map below.

Project Partners

Historic Tenement Repairs

Empty & Underused Buildings

Shop Fronts

Small Grants

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 enquiries for grant assistance for consideration for future phases of the Perth City Heritage Fund.

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 at the bottom of the page. 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 and conditions have changed from previous phases of the scheme.

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.

Training and Events
Other Potential Grant Sources
PCHF Pre-Application Enquiry Form
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Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust

Lower City Mills,
West Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5QP

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All content © PKHT unless otherwise stated. Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity (Scottish Charity No. SC003139) and a company, limited by guarantee, established in 1988 to promote, preserve, maintain and enhance the historical, architectural and constructional heritage of Perth and Kinross (Company No.111258). The Company's Registered Office is: Lower City Mills, West Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5QP.

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