£972,000 to regenerate Falkirk

Grants to support projects in disadvantaged and rural communities.

Communities in Falkirk will benefit from £972,000 to regenerate local areas.

Lock 16 Canalside Community Hub will receive a share of £26 million awarded from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) to support local projects that engage and involve local communities in disadvantaged areas, tackle inequality and support inclusive growth.

The project will redevelop a dilapidated asset at Lock 16 into a vibrant canal-based skills and training centre. The hub, once operational, will allow a collaboration between Scottish Canals, Scottish Waterways Trust and local canal based social enterprise who will manage it, and become an asset for the local community, creating new jobs and wider economic and social benefit.

Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“I’m really pleased that this fantastic, locally-driven project will benefit from an injection of funding. It will help regenerate the local area, stimulate inclusive growth and create new jobs.

“The focus of the projects being funded this year range from tackling social isolation, mitigating welfare cuts, providing training opportunities, creating business space and increasing tourism – to name but a few. They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities.”

“Canals can bring so much economic and leisure potential to an area and this project will help transform the Loch 16 area and benefit the local community.

“Partners at Scottish Government and Scottish Canals as well as the many other organisations that have supported this development should be proud of their hard work and how it will really help Falkirk.”

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council

Katie Hughes, Director of Estates and Commerce at Scottish Canals, said:

“From the soaring steel icons of The Kelpies to the revolutionary engineering of The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk’s canal has undergone an incredible transformation in recent years. This funding will help deliver the next stage of that renaissance, creating a vibrant enterprise and training hub that sits at the heart of the community.

“We look forward to working with our partners to bring the under-utilised buildings around Lock 16 back to life, using them to deliver lasting benefits for the local community and safeguarding them for future generations to enjoy.”


Across Scotland 24 projects will be awarded funding in 2018/19, helping to support or create more than 1,400 jobs, refurbish or bring back into use 23 local buildings and support more than 84 community facilities and services.

A number of these projects will receive grant awards over the period 2018/19- 2020/21 subject to final technical checks and project performance.

A total of 119 projects have been recommended for support from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund since 2014/15. Funding has been confirmed for the remainder of the current parliamentary term, subject to annual spending reviews.

The fund, which has been developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities, is open to all 32 Scottish local authorities and their Special Purpose Vehicles. An independent panel makes recommendations to the Scottish Ministers and COSLA on which projects should receive funding.

A list of all projects recommended for funding can be found at beta.gov.scot/policies/regeneration/capital-investment/

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