Published: 29th May 2019

Historic England is now inviting councils and community groups to bid for their £44m High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) scheme. The scheme aims to give ailing ‘heritage’ high streets a boost through building repair work and conversions into to new uses that ‘restore and enhance’ local historic character. Projects will also have to show how they will educate the local community on the history and importance of their high street. To run a HSHAZ scheme, organisations can apply for a grant of between £250,000 and £2m, to set up a four-year partnership with the public body beginning in April 2020. Organisations who have applied to the Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) can also apply to this programme. Historic England says in most cases they will provide funding for around 50% of costs, though they would be willing to provide a higher percentage of funding if need can be showed. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)