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Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2

Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a building repair and shopfront improvement grant scheme, which aims to improve historic properties and streetscape within the TH.CARS2 area to help regeneration in Paisley. The scheme was launched on the 21st February 2017 and it will run until 2021.

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Paisley TH.CARS2

Paisley TH.CARS2 is funded by National Lottery Heritage FundHistoric Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, and gives grant opportunities to property owners in a defined area of Paisley Town Centre focusing on High St, New St, Shuttle St and George Pl.

A programme of Heritage Education, Training and Events will be delivered. The activities will engage diverse audiences with the heritage and culture of Paisley, with an emphasis on learning through making, particularly around traditional building skills and textiles.

    Building Repair Grants

    Under the TH.CARS2 scheme the Building Repair Grants will be available for structural and external repairs to historic buildings, which are still in use, including improvements to shop fronts. Internal repairs are generally not included unless necessary for structural stability. 

    A number of buildings have been identified as Priority Projects due to their listing, status, heritage value, prominence and/or the impact their appearance makes within the TH.CARS2 area. These buildings are the focus for funding. The remaining funds will be made available to other buildings within the TH.CARS2 area. The allocation of remaining funds will be determined by assessment against required criteria. Grants will be awarded in accordance with the terms and conditions of Renfrewshire Council, Historic Environment Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

    Grant level

    Small Grants and Standard Grants will be available for up to 80% of the cost of eligible building repair work and 90% of the cost of eligible shopfront repairs.

    How to apply

    You can apply for a grant if your property is located within TH.CARS2 boundary and you meet the criteria. Scan your signed application and email it with supporting documents to Unfortunately, we can't process postal applications just now as our team are working remotely.

    The Project Team will assess your eligibility and can provide the Application Pack including important information on eligibility criteria, documentation required and the application process. The Application Pack contains:

    Paisley TH.CARS2 General Leaflet [724KB]

    Paisley TH.CARS2 Guidance Notes [1MB]

    Paisley TH.CARS2 Shopfront Guide [994KB]  

    Paisley TH.CARS2 Preliminary Grant Application Form [62KB]  

    Paisley TH.CARS2 Grant Application Form [133KB]  

    Building Maintenance Plans

    A major challenge for owners of historic property is ongoing maintenance.  In order to provide owners with the necessary information to carry out regular maintenance of their buildings, a condition survey is required.  As part of the TH.CARS2 programme, a limited number of FREE external condition surveys are being offered to property owners for buildings which meet the following criteria:

    • Are located within Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area
    • Are in shared ownership or shared use

    For those buildings included in the programme, a condition survey will be carried out and a Building Maintenance Plan prepared and distributed to owners and factors.  This will help plan for the future upkeep of the property.

    To register your interest in being considered for this project, owners should complete and return a preliminary application form by the 19th October 2020. This form can be found on this page in the Related Documents. If there is a factor for the property, you may choose to request that they complete and submit the preliminary application form, however, an owner may submit a preliminary application on behalf of the owners of the building.

    Please include the following information on your preliminary application form under Description of works:

    1. Has the building had a condition survey completed in the past 5 years?
    2. When was the last Maintenance Plan for the building prepared?
    3. Have all the owners provided consent for a condition survey to be carried out and a Building Maintenance Plan prepared?
    4. Type of Property such as
      • Shared/Single Ownership - Residential
      • Shared/Single Ownership - Commercial
      • Shared/Single Ownership - Mixed Residential / Commercial
    5. Has the building or units within the building been in receipt of a TH.CARS2 grant or any other building repair grant in the past 5 years?

    Please note that should your building be selected, the necessary consent of all owners is essential and is required to be evidenced before the building survey is carried out.

    If you have any questions regarding the above please contact the TH.CARS2 team by email on .

    For a taste of the project visit Paisley TH.CARS2 - about the project.


    You can also find further information about the schemes on the funders' websites:

    National Lottery Heritage Fund - for information on Townscape Heritage

    Historic Environment Scotland - for information on Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme