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Rishi Sunak’s £18.3m Budget boost for Scottish community projects

Community projects the length and breadth of Scotland have today won lucrative funding packages after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the successful applicants to the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund.

A total of 56 Scottish projects, ranging from Lewis to Berwickshire, will receive UK Government funding for a variety of innovative local plans.

The Community Renewal Fund was established by the UK Government to support people and communities most in need across the UK via projects seeking to invest in local communities or offer skills or support to improve job opportunities.

  

The successful Scottish bids to attract funding from the UK Chancellor include:

  • £979,710 to The Crichton Trust in Dumfries and Galloway to deliver a masterplan for the creation of The Crichton 21st Century Village.
  • £480,000 to Clydeside Initiative for Arts, better known as SWG3. The money will go to its Glasgow Riverside Innovation District project to create a cultural, net-zero area by rebuilding on derelict land and establishing street art programmes.
  •  £173,400 to West Coast UAV Innovation Logistics and Training Hub in Argyll and Bute to support trials into the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) mission profiles.
  • £158,041 to Scottish Cycling to support the development of a Mountain Biking Centre in Tweeddale, in Scottish Borders, which aims to become the European capital of the sport.

Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Miles Briggs MSP, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many Scottish projects secure vital financial backing from Rishi Sunak’s Community Renewal Fund.

“Whether it’s improving training or employment opportunities in disadvantaged communities, providing cultural or sporting attractions, or tackling climate change, all of the successful bids will have a real impact in local communities.

“The UK Government is empowering working people across Scotland by backing exciting projects that will invest in skills, create jobs and help to support small businesses.”

Notes

The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

All local authorities in Scotland were eligible to invite bids from a range of project applicants, appraise and prioritise a shortlist of projects up to a maximum of £3m per place, and submit a shortlist of projects to UKG for assessment and approval.

Table of successful Scottish bids:

Lead Authority

Project Name

Project Value

Aberdeen City

Making all the City a Stage (MatCaS)

£306,000

Aberdeenshire

Elevator Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E3: Aberdeenshire)

£733,041

Argyll and Bute

The Seaweed Academy

£407,715

Argyll and Bute

MACC Hydrogen Futures Viability study

£184,793

Argyll and Bute

Optimising carbon sequestration for community wealth building.

£265,200

Argyll and Bute

The Dunoon Project Stage Two

£359,652

Argyll and Bute

West Coast UAV Innovation Logistics and Training Hub

£173,400

Argyll and Bute

Curriculum Development for STEM Hubs Project

£12,000

Argyll and Bute

Driving Economic Growth Through A Bounce Back Curriculum For Argyll & Bute

£262,793

Argyll and Bute

Recovery and regeneration of Tarbert

£262,395

City of Edinburgh

Positive Pathways

£61,200

Clackmannanshire

Addressing Multiple Barriers to Employment: A Pre-Employability Pilot in Clackmannanshire

£586,755

Dumfries and Galloway

Whithorn ReBuild and Whithorn School of Crafts

£217,491

Dumfries and Galloway

Developing a World Class Visitor Attraction in Dumfries

£280,237

Dumfries and Galloway

The Crichton 21st Century Village

£979,710

Dundee City

Elevator Enterprising Communities: Dundee

£345,577

East Ayrshire

Support to Engage Project

£86,958

East Ayrshire

All in East Ayrshire

£454,234

East Ayrshire

A Re-use Hub for New Cumnock

£75,337

East Ayrshire

Leisure at the Heart of All Communities

£681,790

East Lothian

SOLE (Supporting Our Local Economy) rollout for East Lothian

£437,235

Falkirk

Falkirk Food Futures

£550,076

Falkirk

Falkirk's Canal: A Collaborative Pathway to a Fairer & Net-Zero Future

£741,755

Fife

Heart, Mind & Soul

£156,710

Fife

Feasibility Study: Roome Bay Visitor Centre, Crail, Fife

£25,500

Fife

Kirkcaldy Rural Skills Project

£53,389

Glasgow City

GRID: Creating a Cultural Place and a Net Zero Innovation District

£480,000

Glasgow City

Building a Repair Economy in Glasgow

£550,000

Highland

Community Jobs Scotland Intergenerational Pilot

£232,851

Inverclyde

Steps 2 Progression

£306,000

Inverclyde

Project Neptune

£306,400

Inverclyde

WEST CARE ACADEMY

£217,784

Na h-Eileanan Siar

Port of Ness Harbour Redevelopment

£95,243

Na h-Eileanan Siar

Horshader Community Asset Development

£71,033

North Ayrshire

Islands Green Programme

£456,617

North Ayrshire

Place Frameworks Development

£199,920

North Ayrshire

Impact Arts - Creative Regeneration and Renewal Project

£524,581

North Lanarkshire

Elevator Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: E3 North Lanarkshire

£823,576

North Lanarkshire

Airdrie Central Community Engagement Project

£503,880

North Lanarkshire

EmployMe

£238,701

North Lanarkshire

Lift Off and Accelerate

£203,641

North Lanarkshire

All in North Lanarkshire

£754,532

Perth and Kinross

Cyber Security Neurodiversity Skills Development Programme

£106,637

Scottish Borders

Attainment Through Archaeology and the 12 Towers of Rule

£82,445

Scottish Borders

Mountain Biking in Sout of Scotland - Helping to deliver the European Capital of Mountain Biking

£158,041

Scottish Borders

Borders Employment Advice & Mentoring

£218,739

Scottish Borders

Bridging the Gap through Knowledge Transfer

£160,854

Scottish Borders

Fit for our Future: Holm Hill Master Plan

£90,739

Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders Sustainability Academy

£381,821

Scottish Borders

Energy Efficiency Supply Chain Development

£57,120

Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Regional EV Charging Feasibility Study

£187,272

South Ayrshire

University of the West of Scotland:

Engaging, educating and supporting South Ayrshire businesses towards a net-zero economy within Scotland.

£500,000

South Ayrshire

Carrick, Ayrshire - Foundations for Recovery

£515,500

South Lanarkshire

Elevating South Lanarkshire

£874,988

West Dunbartonshire

WEST CARE ACADEMY

£296,397

West Dunbartonshire

Healthy Pathways

£29,968