Clyde Mission

Clyde Mission’s purpose is to use the Clyde to drive sustainable and inclusive growth for the city, the region and Scotland.

Clyde Mission’s purpose is to use the Clyde to drive sustainable and inclusive growth for the city, the region and Scotland.

The Mission, led by the Scottish Government, brings together public and private sector partners to harness the opportunities and competitive advantage of the River Clyde and the surrounding assets to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits .

The Mission covers the area either side of the river from its eastern tidal reach near Clyde Gateway through to the opening of the river between Gourock and Dunoon.

Clyde Mission Fund

The Clyde Mission Fund is providing £10 million of funding in 2020-21 to support capital projects that deliver economic stimulus and jobs and contribute to one or more of the Scottish Government’s five National Outcomes that underpin the Clyde Mission:

  • we have a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy
  • we tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally
  • we value, enjoy, protect and enhance our environment
  • we live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • we have thriving and innovative businesses, with quality jobs and fair work for everyone

The Clyde Mission Fund is open to public sector, private sector and third sector or community organisations. Funding will be targeted at projects within the footprint of the Mission (broadly 500 metres either side of the river from Clyde Gateway through to Gourock/Dunoon) though projects which fall within natural communities which are partially within the footprint and/or can demonstrate a strong link to the purpose of the Mission will also be considered. 

Further information and how to apply


The Clyde has a distinct place in Scotland’s economic and social history and a strong sense of identity and place. It played a key role in the industrial development of Glasgow and Scotland and now has the potential to play a key role in Scotland’s economic future and the transition to net zero. 

Public and private investments such as those in the Barclays Glasgow Campus, the expansion of the Scottish Events Campus (SEC), the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District, along with the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and Queens Quay, are bringing new economic life and vibrancy to the Clyde. At the same time, the area’s industrial past has left a legacy of vacant and derelict land and some of the communities close to river are among the most disadvantaged in Scotland. 

The Clyde Mission seeks to address these challenges by ensuring the collective impact of public and private investment is optimised; by attracting further investment and by bringing vacant and derelict land back in to productive use. It also seeks to address the potential risk that tidal flooding presents to communities, businesses and the city.

The Mission will also consider how we can improve and open up the river for visitors, local people and communities and ensure it is climate ready - adaptable and resilient to climate change. We will also examine the  use of the river as a source of heat and energy for businesses and communities.




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