Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has announced this week the allocation of a £25-million fund to regenerate deprived areas across Scotland and boost the trades.
In total 22 local projects will benefit from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) which will be developed in partnership with local authorities.
The fund will support projects that will deliver new and improved infrastructure bringing significant positive outcomes for the disadvantaged areas.
Ms Burgess said: “Investment in such transformational regeneration projects is absolutely key for stimulating economic growth throughout Scotland.
“The development of the fund, which will benefit 22 local projects, is a great example of how Scotland’s public bodies can work in partnership to deliver initiatives that help to create more jobs for Scottish people, while bringing our communities closer together and injecting new life into deprived and run down areas.
“Community involvement is integral to the success of the design and delivery of local economic and social regeneration initiatives.
“This Government is absolutely clear about the contribution that regeneration makes to growing our economy and improving the life chances of Scotland’s people.
“I am pleased that COSLA have agreed to work with us on this initiative and that local authorities will play a fundamental role in delivery while ensuring local people are at the heart of the projects that will help transform the spaces around them.”
Councillor Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability said: “The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) will help improve physical, economic, social outcomes across our communities and will result in long term strategic and transformational change.
“Communities want resources focused on delivering large scale regeneration projects which can also deliver wider impacts of job creation, clearing up land as well as regenerating buildings and infrastructure.
“The projects awarded funding from the RCGF will help do this and lever in significant additional funding from a number of other sources.
“Regeneration is a key aspect of the work of local authorities, and this fund will go some way to helping communities realise their aspirations for their local area.
“This fund is another example of strong local democratic processes delivering viable, innovative and sustainable regeneration outcomes for communities across Scotland.”