Town Centre Fund - Capital Grant 2019/20
In February 2019 the Scottish Government announced a new £50million for a Town Centre Fund for 2019/20. For the purposes of the funding is aimed at towns of 1,000 or more, which equates to 484 towns across Scotland, 23 are in West Lothian. This resulted in an allocation of £1.826 million to West Lothian.
On Tuesday 11th June 2019, the Council Executive agreed the allocation for each eligible town and this is detailed below. The fund is now open for applications.
The purpose of the grant is to enable local authorities to stimulate and support placed based economic investments which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish, creating footfall through local improvements and partnerships. Investment decisions should be made in the context of national and local commitments to town centres linked to the themes of the Town Centre Action Plan the full plan can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.
The grant is exclusively for capital projects that deliver against these themes which include:
- Town Centre Living - footfall is key to achieving thriving, successful towns centre; and, the best footfall is residential for people who will use shops, services, and will care for its safety and security in the evenings
- Vibrant Local Economies - creating a supportive business environment including the involvement of Town centre Management Groups Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and other local partnerships
- Enterprising Communities - social enterprise, services, arts and events; and, community empowerment and community based activities which increase the health, wealth and wellbeing of town centres
- Accessible Public Services - creating and accessing public facilities and services, supported by economic, service and transport hubs;
- Digital Towns - exploiting digital technology and promoting WiFi infrastructure to enable access to information, data analytics, marketing opportunities, branding, and communication with the wider world;
- Proactive Planning - land reform and supporting the creation of sustainable, low-carbon and connected places which promote natural and cultural assets, designed in partnership with local communities and key stakeholders.
Community Regeneration Officers and Town Centre Officers are your first point of contact to discuss potential projects and will be in touch over the coming days to start that discussion. However, please contact them directly to let them know that you would like to be involved in any discussion.can be downloaded .
The allocation to communities in West Lothian is based on the same approach used to distribute the Scottish wide funding to each local authority area. As such the grant is available to each community with 1,000 people or more, 50% of funding based on the number of towns (i.e. an equal split) and 50% based on the population. The allocation is set out below.
|Broxburn, Uphall & Winchburgh|
Livingston Village / Kirkton
Livingston Village / Kirkton
|Livingston East & East Calder|
|Fauldhouse & Breich Valley|
Addiewell & Loganlea
|Whitburn & Blackburn|
|Armadale & Blackridge|