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Funding for town centre regeneration

Published: 22 Nov 2015 11:00

Projects share town centre fund.

A £1.7 million fund will help communities across Scotland revitalise their areas, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil announced today.

The Cabinet Secretary revealed offers have gone out to 21 town centre groups which will help communities deliver capital projects.

Investment through the Town Centre Communities Capital Fund (TCCCF) will be split between projects aimed at revitalising Kilsyth main street, converting a derelict warehouse into a community facility in Helensburgh and renovating the Ayr Gaiety theatre.

On Monday Mr Neil will visit CVS Inverclyde which will receive £60,000 to help breathe new life into Greenock's Cathcart Street. The funding will be used to develop a Greenock Community Hub which will offer office accommodation, training spaces and information and advice services to people in the area.

Mr Neil said: "I'm delighted to be able to announce this support for community organisations across Scotland. The £1.7 million fund will give enterprising communities the chance to take forward improvements to their area that complement our Town Centre Action Plan.

"By giving community organisations the opportunities to take action we can help make town centres the attractive and accessible thriving places we know they can be.

"CVS Inverclyde, a voluntary organisation forum, has received £60,000 to create a Third Sector Innovation Centre which will be a key contributor to the success of the area, its residents and visitors. I look forward to visiting the organisation while in Inverclyde tomorrow."

CVS Inverclyde works to build the relationship between the third sector and community planning partners, support volunteering, develop the third sector and increase social enterprise. Mr Neil will visit CVS Inverclyde as part of the Greenock travelling cabinet tomorrow (Monday).

Ian Bruce, executive officer at CVS Inverclyde said: "We are delighted to have been selected to receive this support for the Greenock Community Hub which will provide essential accommodation for communities and charities and support joint working.

"Funding like this shows the Scottish Government's commitment to the third sector and communities playing their part in economic and social development."

Notes to editors

Lead organisation

Project title

Indicative grant

Hamilton BID Ltd

Hamilton Town Centre Wifi ML3

£20,525

Ayr Gaiety Partnership

Gaiety restoration phase 5

£100,000

Elgin Youth Development Group

Inkwell Community Hub Build Phase 2

£100,000

Penicuik Community Development Trust on behalf of Penicuik Community Alliance Ltd & Penicuik First BID Ltd

Penicuik Storehouse

£150,000

Cambuslang Community Council

Changing First Impressions of Cambuslang: Greening the Main Street

£35,000

Govan Workspace Ltd

Govan Old/Water Row Pathway

£63,000

Strathearn Artspace (Crieff)

Strathearn Artspace – Building an Asset for the Community

£146,900

Maybole Community Council

Maybole Civic Hub

£71,062

CVS Inverclyde

Greenock Third Sector Innovation Centre

£60,000

Lanark Community Development Trust

Vibrant Lanark

£30,000

The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) – Town Centre TV (TCTV)

Trinity Church Community Hub - Irvine

£88,293

Fort William Marina & Shoreline Association

Installation of Pontoons in Fort William

£150,000

Forward Coupar Angus

Meg's Café, the Heart of Coupar Angus

£66,780

Helensburgh Heroes

Heroes Centre

£145,000

Alloa Town Centre Business Improvement District

Alloa Market Project

£25,925

RCDoM: St Augustine's Parish, Coatbridge

St Augustine's Coatbridge: Community Hub

£36,464

Cowdenbeath Community Council

Cowdenbeath Night and Day

£79,554

Woodlands Community Development Trust

Woodlands Workspace – Phase 1

£54,122

Kilsyth Community Market Garden

Revitalising Kilsyth Main Street

£139,500

Creetown Initiative Ltd.

Waverley Hall

£140,446

Beith Development Trust

Beith Craft

£60,000