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Community-led regeneration

Community-led regeneration is at the heart of our regeneration strategy.

It is about people:

  • identifying issues and opportunities in their local area
  • deciding what to do about them
  • making positive changes in their communities

We support community-led regeneration that:

  • increases the number and strength of locally-controlled, enterprising community organisations
  • supports local organisations to take ownership of assets such as buildings or land
  • helps people to co-ordinate action and respond to challenges in areas where there are high levels of disadvantage
  • helps people identify and act on the priorities in their areas

Our funding for community-led regeneration

In 2016 and 2017 we have continued to invest in our communities through the £20 million Empowering Communities Fund.

The majority of the funds go to the Strengthening Communities Programme (SCP) and the People and Communities Fund (PCF).

Strengthening Communities Programme

The Strengthening Communities Programme (SCP) focuses on strengthening community organisations to help them provide activities and services which meet their communities' needs.

It invests in community organisations that are close to becoming sustainable but need more support to help them achieve it. This allows them to work on more ambitious projects and initiatives.

Details of future funding rounds for SCP will be released when they are available.

People and Communities Fund

The People and Communities Fund (PCF) focuses on projects that promote social inclusion and tackle poverty, including reducing the negative impact of welfare reform.

It supports a wide range of community anchor organisations throughout Scotland, such as registered social landlords, development trusts, local health improvement groups and social enterprises – organisations that already have a proven track record of delivering positive regeneration outcomes in their local communities.

The support provided includes:

  • training and upskilling
  • volunteering and employability advice
  • peer-mentoring opportunities
  • funding for community facilities
  • intergenerational working
  • healthy eating initiatives

Given the fund's focus on community-led regeneration, the range of people benefiting from its support is diverse. It includes:

  • families
  • lone parents
  • children
  • people suffering from a range of health issues and disabilities
  • older people
  • ethnic minorities
  • other vulnerable groups
  • rural or fragile communities

PCF funding for the period 2016 to 2017 is £10.75 million. Since its launch in 2012, it has invested more than £41 million in hundreds of community-led projects that tackle inequality across Scotland. See a list of current and previously funded projects.

Details of future funding rounds for PCF will be released when they are available.

The Community Choices Fund

Participatory budgeting is a way for local people to have a direct say in how and where public funds can be used to address local needs.

The £2 million Community Choices Fund supports participatory budgeting (PB), including:

  • producing learning resources
  • maintaining a PB website
  • funding ongoing consultancy support
  • digital tools
  • an evaluation programme
  • hosting learning exchange events
  • supporting the engagement of community members
  • investing in a capacity building programme for Scotland

Aspiring Communities Fund

The two-year £18.9 million Aspiring Communities Fund will help community bodies and third sector organisations in our most deprived and fragile communities develop and deliver long-term local solutions that:

  • address local priorities and needs
  • increase active inclusion
  • build on the assets of local communities to reduce poverty and to enable inclusive growth
Applications for the fund closed on 7 April 2017. Details of future funding rounds will be released when they are available.

Other activity

The Empowering Communities Fund also supports:

  • community asset ownership through the Community Ownership Support Service, a help and advice service delivered by Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS)
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT), an independent regeneration organisation established in 1999 to improve the quality of life in Britain's coalfield communities
  • smaller but equally important pieces of work that support the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015