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.

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.”

The projects awarded funding for 2017/18 are:

Lead organisation Project title *Grant requested
Aberdeen City Council Tillydrone Community Hub  £1,900,000
Argyll & Bute Council Oban Maritime Quarter- Transit Berthing Facility  £700,000
Argyll & Bute Council Ardrishaig Waterfront – Maritime Hub Phase 1  £580,000
Argyll & Bute Council Tobermory Light Industrial Park  £1,600,000
City of Edinburgh Council Broomhouse Community Hub  £801,600
City of Edinburgh Council Leith Walk Studios, Street Market and Community Partnership Service Hub  £750,000
Clyde Gateway URC Arena District Industrial Development – Enabling Works  £600,000
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Isle of Lewis Heritage Programme  £870,000
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Castlebay Harbour Initiative  £302,195
Dumfries & Galloway Council Stranraer Millennium Centre  £987,735
East Ayrshire Council Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk  £920,000
East Dunbartonshire Council  Auchinairn Community Regeneration Project  £1,500,000
East Lothian Council The Fraser Centre Capital Project: Achieving Change in Tranent  £730,000
Falkirk Council Arnotdale House, Falkirk – Community Hub  £1,125,547
Glasgow City Council Elderpark Community Centre  £400,000
Glasgow City Council Pollokshields Community Hub  £550,000
Glasgow City Council Seven Lochs-Easterhouse Community Gateways  £675,000
Highland Council Midmills Creative Hub  £1,200,000
Highland Council Redevelopment of the Gairloch AAOR Site  £350,000
Midlothian Council Track 2 Train  £360,000
Orkney Islands Council Orkney Research Campus Phase 1  £500,000
Perth & Kinross Council Creative Exchange Perth  £335,000
Raploch URC Company Kildean Employability & Enterprise hub  £900,000
Renfrewshire Council Paisley Town Centre Regeneration: Learning & Cultural Hub  £1,500,000
Renfrewshire Council Mossedge Village Project  £800,000
Riverside Inverclyde URC Micro-Business Enterprising Communities Hub, Greenock  £900,000
Scottish Borders Council Newcastleton Hub & Community Fuel Pumps  £474,720
South Lanarkshire Council Community Resource Hub £450,000
Transforming Communities: Glasgow Citizens Theatre Redevelopment £2,500,000

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