A £14 million cash boost to transform disadvantaged areas in Scotland has been announced by Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess and Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability.
A total of 18 local projects, including a regeneration project in North Uist, will receive a share of £14.343 million from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).
The fund has been developed by the Scottish Government in partnership with local authorities to deliver new and improved infrastructure in deprived areas.
The Uist Heritage Regeneration Programme has received £350,000 in funding which will go towards creating a suite of three community-led interlinked heritage developments that will collectively enhance the fragile and peripheral islands economically, socially, culturally and environmentally.
Mrs Burgess said: “Regenerating disadvantaged communities is a key priority for the Scottish Government, and I am delighted to join with COSLA in announcing this £14 million investment in 18 projects under the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.
“Not only will these projects help transform neighbourhoods and deliver real benefits to local communities, but they will also contribute to stimulating economic growth by supporting and creating jobs.
“This announcement brings the total number of projects to receive funding under RCGF to 40, and increases our overall joint investment to £50 million over a two-year period .
Councillor Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability said:
“I am pleased that again the joint COSLA and Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) is helping to improve the physical, economic, and social outcomes across communities in Scotland, resulting in long term strategic and transformational change.
“Such large scale regeneration projects help deliver wider impacts of employment, land remediation, and improving existing infrastructure, along with levering in additional funding from a variety of sources.
Local authorities remain committed to regeneration activity, and funds such as the RCGF allow communities to achieve their vision for enhancing their local areas by delivering viable and sustainable regeneration outcomes.”