Rishi Sunak’s £18.3m Budget boost for Scottish community projects

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Community projects the length and breadth of Scotland have today won lucrative funding packages after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the successful applicants to the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund.

A total of 56 Scottish projects, ranging from Lewis to Berwickshire, will receive UK Government funding for a variety of innovative local plans.

The Community Renewal Fund was established by the UK Government to support people and communities most in need across the UK via projects seeking to invest in local communities or offer skills or support to improve job opportunities.

The successful Scottish bids to attract funding from the UK Chancellor include:

  • £979,710 to The Crichton Trust in Dumfries and Galloway to deliver a masterplan for the creation of The Crichton 21st Century Village.
  • £480,000 to Clydeside Initiative for Arts, better known as SWG3. The money will go to its Glasgow Riverside Innovation District project to create a cultural, net-zero area by rebuilding on derelict land and establishing street art programmes.
  •  £173,400 to West Coast UAV Innovation Logistics and Training Hub in Argyll and Bute to support trials into the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) mission profiles.
  • £158,041 to Scottish Cycling to support the development of a Mountain Biking Centre in Tweeddale, in Scottish Borders, which aims to become the European capital of the sport.

Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Miles Briggs MSP, said: 

“It’s fantastic to see so many Scottish projects secure vital financial backing from Rishi Sunak’s Community Renewal Fund.

“Whether it’s improving training or employment opportunities in disadvantaged communities, providing cultural or sporting attractions, or tackling climate change, all of the successful bids will have a real impact in local communities.

“The UK Government is empowering working people across Scotland by backing exciting projects that will invest in skills, create jobs and help to support small businesses.”

See all successful Scottish bids

Read more about Budget 2021

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