Last week saw 21 town centre groups benefit from a £1.7 million fund which will help communities across Scotland revitalise their areas. Alex Neil, Minister for Social Justice and Pensioners' Rights announced the news before visiting CVS Inverclyde, a beneficiary of the fund, and said: 

 “I’m delighted to be able to announce this support for community organisations across Scotland. The £1.7 million fund will give enterprising communities the chance to take forward improvements to their area that complement our Town Centre Action Plan.

“By giving community organisations the opportunities to take action we can help make town centres the attractive and accessible thriving places we know they can be."

Town Centres across Scotland to benefit from new urban regeneration grants Sunday Herald

The groups and communities who have been awarded funding are as follows:

Lead organisation

Project title

Indicative grant

Hamilton BID Ltd

Hamilton Town Centre Wifi ML3

£20,525

Ayr Gaiety Partnership

Gaiety restoration phase 5

£100,000

Elgin Youth Development Group

Inkwell Community Hub Build Phase 2

£100,000

Penicuik Community Development Trust on behalf of Penicuik Community Alliance Ltd & Penicuik First BID Ltd

Penicuik Storehouse

£150,000

Cambuslang Community Council

Changing First Impressions of Cambuslang: Greening the Main Street

£35,000

Govan Workspace Ltd

Govan Old/Water Row Pathway

£75,000

Strathearn Artspace (Crieff)

Strathearn Artspace – Building an Asset for the Community

£146,900

Maybole Community Council

Maybole Civic Hub

£71,062

CVS Inverclyde

Greenock Third Sector Innovation Centre

£60,000

Lanark Community Development Trust

Vibrant Lanark

£30,000

The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) – Town Centre TV (TCTV)

Trinity Church Community Hub - Irvine

£88,293

Fort William Marina & Shoreline Association

Installation of Pontoons in Fort William

£150,000

Forward Coupar Angus

Meg’s Café, the Heart of Coupar Angus

£66,780

Helensburgh Heroes

Heroes Centre

£145,000

Alloa Town Centre Business Improvement District

Alloa Market Project

£25,925

RCDoM: St Augustine’s Parish, Coatbridge

St Augustine’s Coatbridge: Community Hub

£36,464

Cowdenbeath Community Council

Cowdenbeath Night and Day

£79,554

Woodlands Community Development Trust

Woodlands Workspace – Phase 1

£54,122

Creetown Initiative Ltd.

Waverley Hall

£140,446

Beith Development Trust

Beith Craft

£163,500

Unfortunately, not all applicants to the fund were successful but there are other opportunities available. If you are looking to fund a project or campaign, STP's Funding Support pages are a great place to start.  The Funding Finder provides easy to read information on current funding streams, highlighting where new funds have been announced and where application deadlines are looming. The database, categorised into nine helpful themes, is available for download every month and members can also benefit from a half day of funding support free of charge.  

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