Social Justice Secretary for Scotland, Alex Neil, has announced £1.7 million of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland and boost growth.
The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is open to community organisations to support capital projects which will make real and lasting improvements to town centres.
Mr Neil made the funding announcement while on a visit to the Beith Development Trust in North Ayrshire, he said: “Scotland’s town centres need to be fit for the 21st century, offering a diverse range of businesses, services and activities that meet local demand.
“There are already a few examples of communities getting involved in their town centres, introducing innovation and helping to reclaim them as vibrant social spaces.
“By enabling and supporting enterprising community organisations to take action, we can help make town centres attractive and accessible places that are the thriving civic spaces we know they can be.”
Jane Lamont, Development Manager at Beith Development Trust, said: “We believe in making things happen in town centres and in communities incrementally building up to bigger projects that can then help to transform the community.
“As well as our sports offer, we are now based on the High street in Beith which enables more people to connect with the different services that the trust offers. Being visible and joined up is key to the success of any community based organisation.”