£25m to tackle inequality in Scotland’s communities

The Scottish government has announced £25m of funding to help tackle inequality in rural communities.

The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund will support 25 development projects that work to tackle inequality and deliver growth in some of the most deprived and remote communities in Scotland.

The funding is estimated to support or create 1,700 jobs, refurbish and bring 38 buildings back into use, including some historic and landmark properties, and create a further 68,000 sqm of business space.

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said: ‘This £25m is going to make a big difference to the community projects across Scotland that will share this award.

‘For example, a new community hub in Broomhouse will support people of all ages to find companionship, learn new skills and offer much-needed support for families.

‘It will be an asset to the local community now and for the future, and is an excellent example of what the Regeneration Capital Fund supports each year.’

Environment and economy spokesperson for COSLA, the voice of the local government in Scotland, said: ‘The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund continues to provide local authorities with an invaluable tool to help deliver on the regeneration aspirations of the communities which they represent.

‘The range of projects reflects the need for localised approaches to help regenerate communities across the country, all of which will help to deliver strong economic, social and physical outcomes.

‘Continuation of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for the remainder of the Parliamentary term emphasises the joint commitment of Local Government and Scottish Government to regenerate deprived and disadvantaged communities, and I look forward to seeing what further innovative projects come forward in the future rounds of this fund.’

In related news, earlier this week £1.5m of funding was awarded to eleven community ownership projects in Scotland, thanks to the Scottish Land Fund.

The Scottish Land Fund reopened its applications in April 2016, the programme is funded by the Scottish Government and is delivered in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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