New fund aims to revitalise Scotland’s town centres

TOWN centres across Scotland are to benefit from a new fund set up to help community regeneration.

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.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has made £1.7 million of funding available. 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.

“The Scottish Government recognises that people across Scotland are interested in the future of their town centres. This £1.7 million through the Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is intended to support enterprising communities with project proposals that complement our Town Centre Action Plan.

“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.”