Heritage will play a key part in a capital fund that aims to breathe new life into England’s struggling high streets. Launched in December, the £625m Future High Street Fund will support local areas to transform their high streets and town centres into thriving community hubs.
A specific strand of the fund will “support the regeneration of heritage high streets”, with £55m of the overall funding pot allocated to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) for this purpose.
The heritage strand will have two elements: restoring historic high street properties, and equipping communities with the resources to put historic buildings back into economic use as cultural venues, housing or office space.
Further details of the heritage element of the fund will be announced soon. To apply to the main fund, local authorities are being invited to submit expressions of interest, which should set out their strategy for regenerating town centres, to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government by 22 March.
Meanwhile, the deadline for the first round of Museums Galleries Scotland’s (MGS) 2019-20 Small Project Fund is on 28 February. Accredited museums can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000.
MGS is running surgeries on 20 and 21 February to offer advice on applications to all of its funding streams.