The Comhairle’s Economic Development service has confirmed that five applications have been successful in getting through to Stage 2 of the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).
The five community capital projects bidding under Round 6 of the RCGF are: Bragar Old School; Great Bernera Marina Hub; Stornoway Town Centre; Carinish Old School and Ceòlas (Cnoc Soilleir).
The Economic Development team will engage directly with each of the project teams and other funding partners to prepare detailed submissions to the RCGF by the 2 November deadline. A decision on the outcome of the submissions is expected in early 2019.
Cllr Donald Crichton, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Sustainable Development Committee said:
“This confirmation that five of the six applications we submitted to the Scottish Government for Round 6 (Stage 1) of its Regeneration Capital Grant Fund is welcome and encouraging news.
“We understand the RCGF is extremely competitive. Continuing to work together with community and business interests and key partner HIE will give us the best possible chance of success.”
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is also part-funding most of the projects. Ian McCulloch, the agency’s Head of Regional Development in the Outer Hebrides, said:
“It’s great to see Stage 1 approval for these projects, which are valuable individually and collectively for the economy and communities of the Outer Hebrides. We look forward to working with our partners in the Comhairle’s Economic Development service on the Stage 2 projects to help deliver these much needed improvements in our infrastructure.”
The Comhairle’s Economic Development service has built-up a considerable track-record of success in supporting community organisations to achieve successful outcomes for their projects in each of the previous five rounds of the RCGF since it was launched in 2013.
Approximately £6m of RCGF grant funding has been secured for 15 projects worth almost £21m across the Outer Hebrides.
RCGF is administered by the Scottish Government’s Social Justice and Regeneration Division, having been developed in partnership with COSLA and its member Councils. An annual budget of £25m – open only to applications from Scottish Local Authorities - provides financial support to eligible community capital projects intended to deliver large-scale improvements to locally deprived areas across Scotland.