Three community projects in Glasgow have now received almost £2.75million from the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).
The RCGF funding - for community-focused projects in Glasgow - is going to Laurieston Arches (an award of £997,776), Milton Family & Community Centre (£800,000), and Elderpark Learning & Community Centre (£950,000).
The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) is a Scottish Government budget, developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities. It has an annual budget of £25million and aims to provide financial support to projects that will help to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas. It focuses on projects that engage and involve local communities and those that can demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable regeneration.
The council has worked with a wide variety of local organisations to develop these applications and projects, which have secured £2,747,776 of Scottish Government funding for the city. The projects are as follows:
Laurieston Arches - this project will see the re-purposing of 11 derelict 19th Century railway arches to create commercial and community use spaces in the heart of the Gorbals in an attractive and upgraded physical environment. The project will continue the regeneration of this area, in particular the Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area, and the project will be led New Gorbals Housing Association.
Milton Family & Community Centre - led by North United Communities (NUC), this will provide a new focus for this community in the north of the city. The council will assist NUC to deliver a new community centre, which will be complemented by an adjacent early years' nursery and office accommodation.
Elderpark Learning & Community Centre - this project will refurbish and re-purpose the A-Listed Elderpark Library (pictured) in Govan to provide addition community spaces in the building. The project, which is also benefitting from the council's investment via the Scottish Government's Town Centre Fund, will be delivered by Glasgow Life in partnership with Elderpark Housing Association.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: "All of these projects will make a significant contribution to the communities in which they are located, and so this support from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund is very welcome. Projects of this type play an important role in the social and economic life of these areas, and are crucial to their regeneration."