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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.”


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)



Elevator Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E3: Aberdeenshire)


Argyll and Bute

The Seaweed Academy


Argyll and Bute

MACC Hydrogen Futures Viability study


Argyll and Bute

Optimising carbon sequestration for community wealth building.


Argyll and Bute

The Dunoon Project Stage Two


Argyll and Bute

West Coast UAV Innovation Logistics and Training Hub


Argyll and Bute

Curriculum Development for STEM Hubs Project


Argyll and Bute

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


Argyll and Bute

Recovery and regeneration of Tarbert


City of Edinburgh

Positive Pathways



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


Dumfries and Galloway

Whithorn ReBuild and Whithorn School of Crafts


Dumfries and Galloway

Developing a World Class Visitor Attraction in Dumfries


Dumfries and Galloway

The Crichton 21st Century Village


Dundee City

Elevator Enterprising Communities: Dundee


East Ayrshire

Support to Engage Project


East Ayrshire

All in East Ayrshire


East Ayrshire

A Re-use Hub for New Cumnock


East Ayrshire

Leisure at the Heart of All Communities


East Lothian

SOLE (Supporting Our Local Economy) rollout for East Lothian



Falkirk Food Futures



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



Heart, Mind & Soul



Feasibility Study: Roome Bay Visitor Centre, Crail, Fife



Kirkcaldy Rural Skills Project


Glasgow City

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


Glasgow City

Building a Repair Economy in Glasgow



Community Jobs Scotland Intergenerational Pilot



Steps 2 Progression



Project Neptune





Na h-Eileanan Siar

Port of Ness Harbour Redevelopment


Na h-Eileanan Siar

Horshader Community Asset Development


North Ayrshire

Islands Green Programme


North Ayrshire

Place Frameworks Development


North Ayrshire

Impact Arts - Creative Regeneration and Renewal Project


North Lanarkshire

Elevator Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: E3 North Lanarkshire


North Lanarkshire

Airdrie Central Community Engagement Project


North Lanarkshire



North Lanarkshire

Lift Off and Accelerate


North Lanarkshire

All in North Lanarkshire


Perth and Kinross

Cyber Security Neurodiversity Skills Development Programme


Scottish Borders

Attainment Through Archaeology and the 12 Towers of Rule


Scottish Borders

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


Scottish Borders

Borders Employment Advice & Mentoring


Scottish Borders

Bridging the Gap through Knowledge Transfer


Scottish Borders

Fit for our Future: Holm Hill Master Plan


Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders Sustainability Academy


Scottish Borders

Energy Efficiency Supply Chain Development


Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Regional EV Charging Feasibility Study


South Ayrshire

University of the West of Scotland:

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


South Ayrshire

Carrick, Ayrshire - Foundations for Recovery


South Lanarkshire

Elevating South Lanarkshire


West Dunbartonshire



West Dunbartonshire

Healthy Pathways