Disadvantaged areas in Scotland to benefit from new Government Fund

Date: 16th May 2012

The Scottish Government has launched the People and Communities Fund which will provide funding of £6 million per year over the next three years, aims to support communities across Scotland to be economically, physically and socially sustainable.

Grants will range from a minimum of £10,000 per year to £100,000 per year up to a maximum of £250,000 for the life of the project.

Community anchor organisations that deliver local regeneration activity and promote change in Scotland's most disadvantaged communities may apply for funding to deliver services and projects that local communities have identified as being necessary to achieve their outcomes.

The fund's main priorities are employability and preventative action. The fund will have particular focus on supporting initiatives to increase people's chances of entering employment, from progressing further in current work to helping break down any barriers people face when considering employment.

In addition to supporting employability, the focus will also be on promoting future preventative spending, such as investing in initiatives that will help improve health now to prevent future illness and hardship.

The funding is available from July 2012 to March 2015.