Around 50 community-led organisations across Scotland are to receive investment of up to £3m, which will support the regeneration of identified areas.
The announcement of additional funding was made
by local MSP Margaret Burgess in her capacity as the Scottish
Government’s Minister for Housing and Welfare. The money will be
delivered through the government’s Strengthening Communities Programme.
initiatives will respond to local community needs by developing
activities, such as advocacy projects, community windfarms,
environmental action and transferring assets into community ownership.
Burgess explained, “Investing in community organisations is absolutely
key for creating change at a local level within communities.
aim of the Strengthening Communities Programme, which will benefit up
to 50 local initiatives, is to help build capacity in local communities
and inject new life into some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas.”
Burgess, who represents the local constituency of Cunninghame South,
said the SNP Government “puts community-led change at the heart of our
regeneration strategy”, adding, “Through the Strengthening Communities
Programme we will test the impact of targeted investment. It is only by
improving on community-based initiatives and empowering local people
that we will see real, sustainable change.”
Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre, said, “We welcome
the Scottish Government’s investment in the Strengthening Communities
Programme and believe that strong communities and strong community
organisations are vital elements of community-led regeneration. Our
support to these organisations is designed to help them develop their
strengths, increase local activity and work with others to take the next
steps in regenerating their communities.”