What is Falkirk THI?
A Townscape Heritage Initiative, or THI for short, is a grant-giving programme that helps communities to regenerate Conservation Areas displaying particular social or economic need. The scheme typically involves a number of funders contributing to a ‘Common Fund’, from which grants are given to local property owners, businesses and organisations to allow them to carry our high-quality repairs and other works to historic properties and spaces within the THI area.
Falkirk THI was jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Environment Scotland, Falkirk Council, and the Falkirk BID. Between 2013 and 2018 approximately £5.5 million was invested in the town centre with the aim of helping to regenerate the area through investing in its unique and rich heritage. The funding was used to:
- Repair and restore the area’s important historic buildings and structures;
- Improve the public realm;
- Restore shopfronts to their traditional design;
- Bring vacant historic floorspace back into use;
- Engage the community and help local people learn more about their heritage;
- Provide training and job opportunities linked to the conservation of traditional buildings and historic environments.