FUNDING of up to £240,000 for Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) has been approved by Glasgow City Council.
The money — for the 2021/22 financial year — will support the work of the trust in repairing and restoring historic buildings, bringing such buildings back into use, and repairing buildings at risk.
The trust was established in 2007 and has repaired 563 historic buildings, brought back into use 71 vacant historic buildings, repaired 26 buildings at risk, supported 177 community and education projects, funded 53 traditional skills initiatives, and organised 86 lectures, events and exhibitions to highlight Glasgow’s built heritage.
An independent review — commissioned by Glasgow City Council — into funding for heritage organisations found that the provision of grant funding by GCHT was the primary means by which residents and community groups could access financial assistance for investing in heritage assets in the city.
A particular focus of the trust’s work is Glasgow’s stock of tenement homes.
The funding will unlock £750,000 from Historic Environment Scotland, as the latter contribution is conditional on financial support from the council.
Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “Approval of funding for Glasgow City Heritage Trust will help repair and restore many of our historic buildings and homes.
“The trust also play a key role in promoting the amazing built heritage of Glasgow and in the development of a base of traditional skills that can continue to protect that heritage.”