Capital investment for regeneration

Our regeneration strategy focuses on making the most of Scotland's communities' economic potential through targeted funding.   

Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF)

RCGF is delivered annually in partnership with COSLA, supporting locally developed place-based regeneration projects that involve local communities, helping to tackle inequality and support inclusive growth in disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland.

Applications to the fund are made on an annual basis and, where justified, can potentially cover more than one financial year (subject to available budget).

Regeneration Capital Grant Fund : Call for stage 1 applications

Deadline : 14:00 on 19 June 2020.

Stage 1 applications are now being requested for projects seeking grant support for 2021/22.  

An indicative timetable for the call is provided below. 

Veiw application form and associated guidance for 2021/22.

Indicative timetable 2020

All dates are indicative

The application process follows this indicative timeline:

  • Stage 1 applications deadline (project summaries) – 19 June 2020
  • Investment Panel meeting stage 1 – August 2020
  • Applicants notified of results (invited/not invited to stage 2) – September 2020
  • Stage 2 applications deadline (full project proposals) –  October 2020
  • Investment Panel meeting stage 2 –  November 2020
  • Recommendations approved by SG Ministers/COSLA –  December 2020
  • Notification to all applicants of funding recommendations –  January 2021

The available budget for RCGF in 2021-22, and into the next parliamentary term, will be subject to the Scottish Government’s budget setting processes and priorities.

General information on the fund

Eligible organisations

The fund is open to all 32 Scottish local authorities individually, or whether they exercise their functions through urban regeneration companies (URCs) or other special purpose vehicles (SPVs).

Eligible projects

Applications are not restricted in geography, size or type of project. It will be for applicant organisations to demonstrate that projects fit with the aims and objectives of the fund and can demonstrate clear regeneration outcomes in line with our strategy document Achieving a Sustainable Future and local area regeneration plans.

Project focus

  • projects that primarily focus on areas that suffer from high levels of deprivation and disadvantage
  • projects that demonstrate clear community involvement
  • projects that will deliver large scale transformational change with strong regeneration outcomes
  • projects and programmes that can encourage additional investment and address market failure

Application process

All applications will be subject to scrutiny by the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund Investment Panel which will make final recommendations on projects to be offered grant support.

There will be a two-stage assessment. Applicants must submit a summary of their project on the form provided at Stage 1. Successful project proposals at this stage will be invited by the Investment Panel to work up and submit a full Stage 2 application.

Projects supported from previous calls

The projects funded to date are supporting the sustainability of communities across Scotland, by delivering new or refurbished facilities that support business, employment and other opportunities in response to local needs and aspirations. 

View the full list of RCGF projects supported from 2014 to 2020.

Investment Panel

The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund Investement Panel includes the following members:

  • David Cowan, Scottish Government, Co-Chair, Head of Regeneration Unit
  • Calum Lindsay, Co-Chair, Policy Manager ,Environment and Economy, COSLA
  • Richard Cairns, Strategic Director Regeneration, Environment and Growth, West Dunbartonshire Council, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
  • Bryan McGrath, Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development group, Head of Economic Development and Environment, Scottish Borders Council
  • Robert Emmott, Head of Finance, Comhairlie Nan Eilean Siar
  • Beverly Smith, Moray Council, Heads of Planning Scotland
  • Lynne Ward Associate Director Scottish Futures Trust
  • Douglas Cowan, Director, Strengthening Communities, Highlands and Island Enterprise 
  • Alan McQuade, Director of Business Infrastructure, Scottish Enterprise 
  • Robert McDowall, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum

More information

If you have any questions on the fund, email them to  Enter 'Request for further information' in the subject heading.

Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres (SPRUCE)

SPRUCE was originally launched in 2011 as a £50 million fund that offers loans and equity investments to revenue-generating infrastructure and energy-efficiency projects to support regeneration in eligible local authority areas in Scotland.

One of SPRUCE's major benefits is that funds once repaid will be recycled and can be used for future regeneration projects. Alongside additional contributions provided by the Scottish Government, SPRUCE is now able to support eligible projects right across Scotland with more than £87m invested in 13 projects.

See the list of 16 SPRUCE-supported projects.

As well as the infrastructure delivered, all contractors include Community Benefits in Public Procurement clauses in contracts and so provide jobs and training opportunities for local people.

Interim evaluation of SPRUCE

An interim evaluation of the SPRUCE fund was carried out in 2017. The SPRUCE interim evaluation: final report presents a set of findings and recommendations based on the economic, social and environmental impact of SPRUCE within the context of the policies and strategy that were initially established, and also on the value for money offered by SPRUCE in contrast to traditional grant funding and other approaches to addressing market failure.

The Vacant and Derelict Land Fund

The Vacant and Derelict Land Fund (VDLF) aims to tackle long-term vacant and derelict land in Scotland. Its objectives are:

  • to stimulate economic growth
  • create jobs
  • promote environmental justice and improved quality of life
  • to support communities to flourish and tackle inequalities

It is an element of the local government budget settlement, as agreed with Scottish Government.

It focuses on projects that promote innovation in both temporary and longer term greening techniques for vacant and derelict land sites.

For 2020-21, five local authorities will receive a share of £7.605m reflecting the extent of vacant and derelict land in these areas and levels of deprivation. These local authorities are: 

  • Glasgow City Council
  • North Lanarkshire Council
  • South Lanarkshire Council
  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Fife Council