NTS bidding for funding

National Trust buildings across Scotland could be set to benefit from a new £300,000 funding pot, in a bid to make the popular castles, homes and visitor attractions more energy-efficient.

With Crathes Castle, near Banchory, touted to be one of the benefitting attractions, supporters and locals will not have long to wait to find out if the bid has been successful.

The funding programme- known as the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund- will on Monday (January 31) announce the three winning projects, all of whom are eligible to receive up to £100,000.

The National Trust for Scotland has teamed up with Historic Scotland in a bid to win £100,000 from the fund - support which will allow the Trust to improve the energy-efficiency of its buildings.

Energy efficiency baseline data will be gathered by volunteers which will then, it is hoped, lead to the development of a Trust-specific toolkit of improvement measures appropriate to the traditional built environment.

The project was one of over 90 applications- and six finalists - vying for a share of the first round of Dream Fund cash, which calls for Scottish charities and community groups to work together to deliver ambitious new projects.

The six shortlisted projects were invited to pitch their plans to a panel of judges this week, including experts Louise Batchelor, former BBC Transport and Environment Correspondent, and Donald Anderson, Director of communications consultancy firm PPS Scotland.

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “It’s been a tough job but the shortlisted projects are all innovative, unique and far-reaching and we’re thrilled to be getting the chance to make dreams come true for three of them.”