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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Scottish Government & COSLA Announce £25m in Regeneration Funding for Communities

SG - Local areas across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £25 million to help regenerate their communities.

A total of 29 projects will be awarded funding in 2017/18 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas that engage and involve local communities.

The joint Scottish Government and COSLA investment will inject new life and opportunity into disadvantaged and fragile rural areas, helping support or create more than 2,300 jobs, support some 50 community facilities and services and refurbish or bring back into use around 25 local buildings.

Projects being funded include:

  • £1.9 million to Aberdeen City Council to deliver a new, purpose built community hub in Tillydrone
  • £1.6 million to Argyll & Bute Council for the Tobermory Light Industrial Park – a purpose built site on Mull to support the business community
  • £750,000 to City of Edinburgh Council for the Leith Walk Studios, providing workspaces for new businesses and creative entrepreneurs, and the Street Market and Community Partnership Service Hub project to re-develop derelict buildings and launch a new street market initiative
  • £1.2 million for the former Midmills campus of Inverness College, bringing back into use listed city centre buildings
  • £475,000 to Scottish Borders Council towards the Newcastleton Hub & Community Fuel Pumps regeneration project
Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart and Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability, announced the funding on a visit to Out of the Blue in Leith, one of the sites that will benefit.
Mr Stewart said:

“I am delighted that 29 fantastic locally-driven projects will benefit from this major injection of funding. Spanning the length and breadth of the country, they will help regenerate local areas, stimulate economic growth and create new jobs.

“The focus of the projects range from tackling social isolation to services to address health inequalities, educational attainment, support ex-offenders and boost tourism. They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities.

“I’m also pleased to announce that RCGF funding has been confirmed until 2021 – and that a call for applications to the fund for 2018/19 will be made shortly.”
Cllr Hagan said:

“I’m very pleased to announce today the projects to be funded in 2017/2018 from the joint COSLA and Scottish Government RCGF. This fund is invaluable in helping to transform communities up and down the country and results in strong economic, social and physical regeneration outcomes.

“The diversity of the projects being supported is a testament to innovative thinking from local communities where regeneration activity is being tailored to local circumstances.

“The RCGF continues to go from strength to strength and the successful projects announced today reinforce local authorities’ commitment to regenerating their local communities for the benefit of local people.”


A total of 95 Regeneration Capital Grant Fund projects have been supported since 2014/15. Funding has been confirmed for the remainder of the current parliamentary term, subject to annual spending reviews.

The fund, which has been developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities, is open to all 32 Scottish local authorities and their Special Purpose Vehicles. An independent panel makes recommendations on which projects should receive funding.

The projects awarded funding for 2017/18 are:
Lead organisation
Project title
*Grant requested
Aberdeen City Council
Tillydrone Community Hub
Argyll & Bute Council
Oban Maritime Quarter- Transit Berthing Facility
Argyll & Bute Council
Ardrishaig Waterfront - Maritime Hub Phase 1
Argyll & Bute Council
Tobermory Light Industrial Park
City of Edinburgh Council
Broomhouse Community Hub
City of Edinburgh Council
Leith Walk Studios, Street Market and Community Partnership Service Hub
Clyde Gateway URC
Arena District Industrial Development - Enabling Works
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Isle of Lewis Heritage Programme
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Castlebay Harbour Initiative
Dumfries & Galloway Council
Stranraer Millennium Centre
East Ayrshire Council
Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk
East Dunbartonshire Council                                                                          
 Auchinairn Community Regeneration Project
East Lothian Council
The Fraser Centre Capital Project: Achieving Change in Tranent
Falkirk Council
Arnotdale House, Falkirk - Community Hub
Glasgow City Council
Elderpark Community Centre
Glasgow City Council
Pollokshields Community Hub
Glasgow City Council
Seven Lochs-Easterhouse Community Gateways
Highland Council
Midmills Creative Hub
Highland Council
Redevelopment of the Gairloch AAOR Site
Midlothian Council
Track 2 Train
Orkney Islands Council
Orkney Research Campus Phase 1
Perth & Kinross Council
Creative Exchange Perth
Raploch URC Company
Kildean Employability & Enterprise hub
Renfrewshire Council
Paisley Town Centre Regeneration: Learning & Cultural Hub
Renfrewshire Council
Mossedge Village Project
Riverside Inverclyde URC
Micro-Business Enterprising Communities Hub, Greenock
Scottish Borders Council
Newcastleton Hub & Community Fuel Pumps
South Lanarkshire Council    
Community Resource Hub
Transforming Communities: Glasgow                                                           
Citizens Theatre Redevelopment

*Final grants may change as they are subject to technical checks on applications being completed.
Source: Scottish Government

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