Scottish Government have opened the next round of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) for stage 1 applications.

 The Fund has four areas of focus-

  • Projects that primarily focus on areas which suffer from high levels of deprivation and disadvantage;
  • Projects that demonstrate clear community involvement;
  • Projects that will deliver transformational change with strong regeneration outcomes;
  • Projects and programmes which have the potential to lever in private sector investment and address long term market failure.

Further details, including the application form, guidance, and examples of previously-funded projects are available HERE

In previous rounds of the Fund, the City Council – working in partnership with local organisations including housing associations, regeneration agencies and cultural organisations – secured several millions pounds for a variety of projects. In addition to the criteria above, experience from previous rounds of the RCGF have shown that successful applications meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • Address a local need for services and/or employment;
  • Support from local community organisation(s);
  • Support from local elected members;
  • Evidence of match funding for capital works;
  • Evidence of revenue funding and a viable business plan;
  • Bringing Listed buildings or other buildings of merit back into productive use.

The deadline for this first stage of applications is 2pm on Friday 19th June. Note that submissions are made by the Council rather than individual organisations (projects in the Clyde Gateway area can apply through them). Scottish Government will then shortlist projects for the more detailed Stage 2 application process in the October (date TBC). To allow GCC to review potential applications, and advise on improving them, they require draft applications to be submitted no later than 5pm, Wednesday 10th June. Early engagement, and discussion, is strongly encouraged.

As in previous years, GCC are expecting a significant number of applications from organisations in the city. GCC will only submit applications that are assessed as having a reasonable chance of being shortlisted, and will prioritise projects that can demonstrate viability (both in terms of delivering the capital project, and the sustainability of the project). Both Scottish Government and Council recognise that this is a challenging and uncertain time for all, with organisations perhaps more focused on front-line service delivery, and uncertainties over capital project costs and availability of match-funding. Nevertheless they encourage organisations to consider potential projects and applications, and Council will do its best to advise and assist.

Projects that applied and/or were shortlisted in the previous round of RCGF will require to revise and update their application if they wish to be considered this year. Scottish Government’s Guidance Note remains similar to previous rounds of the Fund, though with an added emphasis on climate change and carbon neutrality, and potential applications should consider this.

For further information please contact Michael Gray on