MORE than £25 million is going to ‘disadvantaged and remote communities’ around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects – according to an announcement from the Scottish Government.
Says the government, money from its Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) will go to 26 projects to “tackle inequalities and deliver inclusive growth”.
It continues: “Over 400 business and organisations will benefit from the projects, which will support or create more than 1,220 jobs as well as thousands of training places by refurbishing and bringing back into use 26 empty buildings to provide space for community enterprises.
Among the projects being funded this year is The Old Clyne School redevelopment project in Brora, Highland. It will redevelop a derelict C-listed building to become a community-owned museum and heritage centre, and to be a base for the Clyne Heritage Society.
Dr Nick Lindsay, chair of the Clyne Heritage Society, is quoted, as saying: “This is the best news that we could have hoped for, in what has been a very difficult year. This should unlock the final ‘brick-in-the-wall’ funds from other funding partners, so we can deliver this major development for Brora.
“We can now fulfil our dreams by regenerating the Old Clyne School into a must-visit destination, transforming a current eyesore into a welcome attraction for the whole community and future generations.”
The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) is delivered annually in partnership between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA).
The announcement adds: “The RCGF will award £24.1 million in grants to 26 new projects this year, in addition to funding for multi-year projects which will take the total to more than £25 million going to communities this year.
“The fund is open, on a competitive basis, to applications from all 32 Scottish local authorities and Urban Regeneration Companies. An independent investment panel agrees recommendations to Scottish Ministers and CoSLA on projects to be offered grant support.
“Updated information, including the latest projects recommended to receive an offer of grant for 2021-22, will be published on the Scottish Government website.“
The projects to receive an offer of a grant in 2021-22 are as follows:
|Aberdeen City Council||Victoria Road School Community Element||£ 1,408,965|
|Aberdeenshire Council||Number 30, The Square||£ 2,490,903|
|Argyll and Bute Council||Kilmory Park Zones 1, 2 & 4, Lochgilphead||£ 650,000|
|Argyll and Bute Council||Port Ellen Community Hub||£ 746,223|
|Argyll and Bute Council||Scalasaig Business Units||£ 335,000|
|City of Edinburgh Council||Granton Station; Enterprise Hub||£ 1,236,150|
|City of Edinburgh Council||Nourishing Leith Hub||£ 944,744|
|Comhairlie nan Eilean Siar||Leverhulme Community Hub||£ 300,000|
|Dundee City Council||Camperdown Community Growing Hub||£ 899,305|
|East Dunbartonshire Council||Twechar Outdoor Pursuits Training and Education Centre||£ 1,100,000|
|Fife Council||Town House Community Hub – Inverkeithing||£ 475,000|
|Glasgow City Council||The Meat Market Sheds Regeneration Project||£ 2,640,000|
|Glasgow City Council||Greater Pollok Community Learning Hub||£ 600,000|
|Glasgow City Council||SWG3: Yardworks Street Arts Hub||£ 500,000|
|Highland Council||Old Clyne School Redevelopment into new Heritage Centre||£ 982,793|
|Highland Council||Raasay Community Pontoon||£ 442,858|
|Inverclyde Council||The Inverclyde Shed | Meet, Make + Share||£ 504,804|
|Inverclyde Council||Community Hub , KGVI||£ 1,184,000|
|North Ayrshire Council||The Regeneration of Millport Town Hall||£ 1,500,000|
|North Ayrshire Council||Stevenston Beach Hub||£ 130,000|
|North Lanarkshire Council||Reeltime, Motherwell – Music Studios & Creative Hub||£ 1,171,270|
|North Lanarkshire Council||Springhill Community Hub||£ 790,000|
|Perth and Kinross Council||The Perth Y Centre||£ 1,500,000|
|Scottish Borders Council||Yetholm Community Asset Regeneration Project||£ 133,710|
|South Ayrshire Council||Enterprising Carrick||£ 729,659|
|West Dunbartonshire Council||Viresco Studios and Arts Centre||£ 750,000|
Picture: Courtesy of Clyne Heritage Society, Brora