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.”
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.”