More than 50 projects across Scotland are set to receive UK Government investment to help people into work, boost productivity and deliver net zero.
The Community Renewal Fund will pilot new programmes that invest in people, boost skills and support local business – to build more communities that people are proud to call home.
The £200 million Fund is supporting almost 500 projects in towns, villages and coastal communities across the whole United Kingdom to ensure that no place is left behind as the UK Government delivers on its commitment to level up the country.
Many of the successful projects are supporting the UK’s path to net zero carbon emissions, giving businesses creating clean technology a boost and ensuring that jobs are future proof. For example, £407,000 will create a Seaweed Academy in Argyll and Bute, providing training and education in seaweed farming. This money will help supercharge regional growth in an industry which has a crucial role to play in the UK’s net zero ambitions.
Other projects being funded include:
- £979,710 for Dumfries and Galloway to develop an investment-ready plan for a carbon-neutral ‘21st Century Village’, with 470 smart, adaptable new homes.
- £218,739 to fund employment and wellbeing initiatives for housing association residents in the Scottish Borders. This will offer residents digital skills, financial literacy, and mental health support.
- £503,880 for North Lanarkshire to give the local community practical and personal development support on their doorstep to help them into employment.
- £306,000 to fund street performances and culture festivals in Aberdeen city centre, placing artists at the heart of the city’s recovery from the pandemic and creating employment and training opportunities in Aberdeen’s creative industries.
- £306,000 to provide skills training to 16-24 year olds in Inverclyde to help them secure employment.
- £187,272 to support the development of electric vehicle charging across the whole of the Scottish Borders to benefit residents, the public sector and businesses and ensure maximisation of commercial opportunities and reduction in carbon footprint.
Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove said:
Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack said:
Local authorities were invited to bid for funding from the Community Renewal Fund in May 2021.
The £200 million funding through the UK Community Renewal Fund will help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022, the scheme that will see UK-wide funding at least match EU money, reaching around £1.5 billion a year.
In last week’s Budget, the UK Government announced investment of more than £173 million directly into communities in Scotland, through the Levelling Up and Community Ownership funds, for big regeneration projects and smaller community initiatives.
The full list of projects in Scotland is represented on this map.
Further information is available on all three funds, the Community Renewal Fund, the Community Ownership Fund and the Levelling Up Fund, including the full lists of successful bids
The published methodology used to identify places in need of funding is also available.
Investment from EU Structural Funds will continue to be spent by local areas until 2023 and the Government has committed to at least matching EU receipts through the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund, on average reaching around £1.5 billion a year.
This new Fund, to be launched in 2022, will operate throughout the UK and play a part in uniting and levelling up the whole country.