Shop owners and residents in Leith are being urged to take advantage of a £200,000 grant to restore shop fronts and buildings to their former glory.
The money has come through the Heritage Lottery Fund with £100,000 set aside for shop fronts and £100,000 for building restoration.
It is part of the wider £6m Leith Townscape Heritage Initiative which is currently transforming a large part of the Leith Conservation Area.
Shops in the area of Great Junction Street , Duke Street , Constitution Street , Bernard Street and the Shore are eligible for the shop front funding.
So far around £50,000 has been spent restoring shop fronts at the Conservation Studio (27 Duke Street), What’s On (208 – 210 Great Junction Street), MS Properties (206 Great Junction Street) – both successful recent transformation of the ground floor of the former State Cinema – and the new barbers shop at 11 Duke Street.
Each successful property can receive a maximum of £15,000 to cover 75% of eligible works. These include re-instating works like signage, security, stall risers, external doors and professional fees.
Residents in the same area can also apply for the money to re-instate traditional features on their homes such as timber sash & case windows, external doors, stonework repairs and railings.
All grants must be awarded by 31 March 2012. For more information contact Lesley Porteous on 0131 529 6236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org