£25 million for local regeneration

Grants to support 29 community projects across country.

Local areas across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £25 million to help regenerate their communities.

A total of 29 projects will be awarded funding in 2017/18 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas that engage and involve local communities.

The joint Scottish Government and COSLA investment will inject new life and opportunity into disadvantaged and fragile rural areas, helping support or create more than 2,300 jobs, support some 50 community facilities and services and refurbish or bring back into use around 25 local buildings.

Projects being funded include:

  • £1.9 million to Aberdeen City Council to deliver a new, purpose built community hub in Tillydrone
  • £1.6 million to Argyll & Bute Council for the Tobermory Light Industrial Park – a purpose built site on Mull to support the business community
  • £750,000 to City of Edinburgh Council for the Leith Walk Studios, providing workspaces for new businesses and creative entrepreneurs, and the Street Market and Community Partnership Service Hub project to re-develop derelict buildings and launch a new street market initiative
  • £1.2 million for the former Midmills campus of Inverness College, bringing back into use listed city centre buildings
  • £475,000 to Scottish Borders Council towards the Newcastleton Hub & Community Fuel Pumps regeneration project

Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart and Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability, announced the funding on a visit to Out of the Blue in Leith, one of the sites that will benefit.

Mr Stewart said:

“I am delighted that 29 fantastic locally-driven projects will benefit from this major injection of funding. Spanning the length and breadth of the country, they will help regenerate local areas, stimulate economic growth and create new jobs.

“The focus of the projects range from tackling social isolation to services to address health inequalities, educational attainment, support ex-offenders and boost tourism. They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities.

“I’m also pleased to announce that RCGF funding has been confirmed until 2021 – and that a call for applications to the fund for 2018/19 will be made shortly.”

Cllr Hagan said:

“I’m very pleased to announce today the projects to be funded in 2017/2018 from the joint COSLA and Scottish Government RCGF. This fund is invaluable in helping to transform communities up and down the country and results in strong economic, social and physical regeneration outcomes.

“The diversity of the projects being supported is a testament to innovative thinking from local communities where regeneration activity is being tailored to local circumstances.

“The RCGF continues to go from strength to strength and the successful projects announced today reinforce local authorities’ commitment to regenerating their local communities for the benefit of local people.”


A total of 95 Regeneration Capital Grant Fund projects have been supported since 2014/15. Funding has been confirmed for the remainder of the current parliamentary term, subject to annual spending reviews.

The fund, which has been developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities, is open to all 32 Scottish local authorities and their Special Purpose Vehicles. An independent panel makes recommendations on which projects should receive funding.

The projects awarded funding for 2017/18 are:

Lead organisation

Project title

*Grant requested

Aberdeen City Council

Tillydrone Community Hub


Argyll & Bute Council

Oban Maritime Quarter- Transit Berthing Facility


Argyll & Bute Council

Ardrishaig Waterfront - Maritime Hub Phase 1


Argyll & Bute Council

Tobermory Light Industrial Park


City of Edinburgh Council

Broomhouse Community Hub


City of Edinburgh Council

Leith Walk Studios, Street Market and Community Partnership Service Hub


Clyde Gateway URC

Arena District Industrial Development - Enabling Works


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Isle of Lewis Heritage Programme


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Castlebay Harbour Initiative


Dumfries & Galloway Council

Stranraer Millennium Centre


East Ayrshire Council

Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk


East Dunbartonshire Council                                                                          

 Auchinairn Community Regeneration Project


East Lothian Council

The Fraser Centre Capital Project: Achieving Change in Tranent


Falkirk Council

Arnotdale House, Falkirk - Community Hub


Glasgow City Council

Elderpark Community Centre


Glasgow City Council

Pollokshields Community Hub


Glasgow City Council

Seven Lochs-Easterhouse Community Gateways


Highland Council

Midmills Creative Hub


Highland Council

Redevelopment of the Gairloch AAOR Site


Midlothian Council

Track 2 Train


Orkney Islands Council

Orkney Research Campus Phase 1


Perth & Kinross Council

Creative Exchange Perth


Raploch URC Company

Kildean Employability & Enterprise hub


Renfrewshire Council

Paisley Town Centre Regeneration: Learning & Cultural Hub


Renfrewshire Council

Mossedge Village Project


Riverside Inverclyde URC

Micro-Business Enterprising Communities Hub, Greenock


Scottish Borders Council

Newcastleton Hub & Community Fuel Pumps


South Lanarkshire Council    

Community Resource Hub


Transforming Communities: Glasgow                                                           

Citizens Theatre Redevelopment




*Final grants may change as they are subject to technical checks on applications being completed.


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