We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site

Content notice

Content notice

The content on these pages is not being updated. Up-to-date information can be found at http://beta.gov.scot/. The new site is a work in progress and we need your feedback.

beta3

Get up-to-date information on Scottish Government's regeneration policy.

Strengthening Communities Programme

Interim Review of the Strengthening Communities Programme

An Interim Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Programme conducted by Cambridge Economic Associates Ltd has now been published. Read the report here.

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Strengthening Communities Programme, identifying what has worked well in its delivery as well as exploring (where possible) the impact of the programme.

The findings illustrate that Strengthening Communities Programme funding and support has been important in enhancing internal capacity, accessing new revenue streams and the development of new products and processes. The evaluation concluded that the Strengthening Communities Programme provides a high degree of additionality - supported organisations report that without the funding and support, the benefits would either not be attained or would have taken a lot longer to be attained.

About the Fund

Strengthening Communities helps community organisations to become more sustainable and resilient, in turn helping the communities they belong to to realise economic, social and environmental opportunities. Its impact will help supported organisations fulfil community regeneration objectives, and enhance their capacity, helping them take on more ambitious initiatives.

The programme is overseen by a programme board, with representatives from the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) Carnegie UK Trust and Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEis).

Strengthening Communities supports two portfolios of community organisations, spread between urban and rural areas.

The HIE/DTAS portfolio of community organisations

This supports around 50 organisations that have both the capacity to, and characteristics of, a community organisation that can, enabled by the programme’s intervention, move to high-level autonomy. Board partners nominated organisations for this portfolio. These organisations then had to satisfy the criteria agreed by the board.

SCDC community organisation (Supporting Communities)

This complementary portfolio links to the HIE/DTAS portfolio by supporting up to 100 community groups and organisations that need specific support to develop their expertise and ambition. For this portfolio organisations refer themselves to SCDC..

More information is on the SCDC website.

The programme will be evaluated at the end of the funding period (2015/2016), with good practice and learning points being shared.

A  funding boost for community-led regeneration was announced in April 2014.

An Interim Assessment of the Scottish Government’s Strengthening Communities Programme conducted by Cambridge Economic Associates Ltd has now been published. Read the report here.

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Strengthening Communities Programme, identifying what has worked well in its delivery as well as exploring (where possible) the impact of the programme.

The findings illustrate that Strengthening Communities Programme funding and support has been important in enhancing internal capacity, accessing new revenue streams and the development of new products and processes. The evaluation concluded that the Strengthening Communities Programme provides a high degree of additionality - supported organisations report that without the funding and support, the benefits would either not be attained or would have taken a lot longer to be attained.