Glasgow City Council today (4 June) accepted almost £2.75million from the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) for three community-focused projects in the city.
The RCGF funding will go 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 community-focused 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, and this work secured this £2,747,776 of Scottish Government funding for the city. The projects receiving this funding 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. The RCGF award will support the project value of £3,962,995.
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. This project has a value of £2.2million.
Elderpark Learning & Community Centre - this project will deliver the refurbishment and re-purposing of the A-Listed Elderpark Library 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. It has a project value of £1,336,000.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: "These three projects will play an important role in their communities, providing a focus and contributing to the local economy and the regeneration of the areas. The acceptance of this Regeneration Capital Grant Fund support means a key part of project funding has been secured, and these communities can look forward to the development of these projects."