Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced £1.7 million of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland. The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is open to community organisations to support capital projects which will make real and lasting improvements to town centres in line with Scotland’s Town Centre Action Plan.
Read Scottish Governments news release:
Scotland’s Town Centre Action Plan was published in November 2013 and outlined the different ways town centres could be made more vibrant and healthier places to live, work, and visit. A year on 278 homes were back in use, local businesses have been encouraged by Small Business Bonus Schemes, and bus services have been improved by the Action Plan supporting local authorities and communities in applying for the Bus Investment Fund. More information on the Action Plan can be found at:
Following the success of the Action Plan, Scottish Government wants to rejuvenate town centres further by offering communities financial support to help them work on projects that matter to their area and that will make a difference to people.
Community organisations can bid for funds between £20k and £150k to support projects and plans that will have a positive impact on their town centre.
The deadline for applications is midnight on 29 September 2015.
More information, including eligibility and how to apply, can be found here:
For ideas, examples, and inspiration for town centre regeneration, a toolkit was released earlier this year: http://www.communitycouncils.org.uk/town-centre-toolkit.html