Town centres across Scotland to benefit from new urban regeneration grants
Glasgow Herald : Sunday Herald, Helensburgh Advertiser and other papers Sunday 22 November 2015
Twenty-one communities around Scotland will share £1.7 million of Scottish government funding to help revitalise their town centres, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil will announce today.
The money, which will come from a new Town Centre Community Capital Fund (TCCCF), is being earmarked to help communities deliver a wide range of capital projects such as the revitalising of Kilsyth Main Street (which will receive £139,500), the conversion of a derelict Victorian railway warehouse in Helensburgh in to a community facility (£145,000) to be called the Heroes Centre and the renovation of Ayr Gaiety Theatre (£100,000).
Other grants include £20,525 to bring Wi-Fi to Hamilton town centre, £35,000 towards a project to green the Main Street of Cambuslang, and £150,000 towards the installation of pontoons in Fort William.
Tomorrow, when Scottish ministers will visit Greenock as part of a travelling cabinet, Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil will visit the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) Inverclyde which is set to receive £60,000 towards a project that will help breathe new life into Greenock’s Cathcart Street.
The £100,000 grant towards phase five of the restoration of Ayr’s landmark Gaiety Theatre, one of Scotland’s oldest theatres, follows the award earlier this year of a £500,000 loan from the Social Growth Fund and a grant of £90,000 from the government’s People and Communities Fund for 2015/16.
The new TCCCF is itself part of the larger £19.4m Empowering Communities Fund, which has invested in hundreds of community-based organisations around Scotland since being launched last year.
Other projects to receive cash from the TCCCF are the Elgin Youth Development Group which will receive £100,000 towards phase two of the Inkwell Community Hub project; Penicuik Community Development Trust which is set to receive £150,000 towards the Penicuik Storehouse project; Govan Workspace Ltd which will receive £63,000 towards the Govan Water Row Pathway project; Strathearn Artspace in Crieff which will receive £146,900; Maybole Community Council which will receive £71,062 towards the Maybole Civic Hub project; Lanark Community Development Trust which will receive £30,000 towards the Vibrant Lanark project; Ayrshire Community Trust which will receive £88,293 towards the Trinity Church Community Hub project in Irvine; Forward Coupar Angus which will receive £66,780 towards the Meg’s Café project; Alloa Town Centre Business Improvement which will receive £25,925 towards the Alloa Market Project.
1. £150,000 towards the Penicuik Storehouse project;
2. £150,000 to help install pontoons in Fort William.
3. £146,900 towards Strathearn Artspace in Crieff;
4. £145,000 to convert warehouse in Helensburgh to Heroes community centre
5. £140,446 towards Waverley Hall, Creetown
6. £139,500 to help revitalise Kilsyth Main Street
7. £100,000 to help restore Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre,
8. £100,000 to Inkwell Community Hub Elgin
9. £88,293 towards the Trinity Church Community Hub project in Irvine;
10. £79,554 towards Cowdenbeath Night and Day
11. £71,062 towards the Maybole Civic Hub project;
12. £66,780 towards the Meg’s Café project Coupar Angus;
13. £63,000 towards the Govan Water Row Pathway project;
14. £60,000 to help breathe new life into Greenock’s Cathcart Street.
15. £60,000 towards Beith Craft
16. £54,122 towards Woodlands Workspace, Glasgow
17. £36,464 towards St Augustine’s Coatbridge Community Hub
18. £35,000 to green the Main Street Cambuslang,
19. £30,000 towards the Vibrant Lanark project
20. £20,525 to bring Wi-Fi to Hamilton town centre,
21. £25,925 towards the Alloa Market Project.
Penicuik Community Alliance Ltd gratefully acknowledges the help of Penicuik Community Development Trust, Penicuik First BID Ltd, Breadshare CIC, Business Gateway and Midlothian Council in drawing up its TCCCF application to Scottish Government in September 2015, and the wholehearted support of Penicuik High School in preparing for the Alliance community share launch and the refurbishment and operation of the Storehouse.
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