Scotland’s Housing Minister Margaret Burgess and Trustee Nicky Wilson joined forces to launch the Coalfield Regeneration Trust’s new £250,000 community investment programme at Dalmellington on Friday (April 26).
The Coalfields Community Investment programme will provide awards of between £500 – and £10,000 aimed at improving employment prospects through training programmes and backing new social enterprises.
The initiative which is being funded by the Scottish Government will also make awards to projects to improve community facilities and make local organisations more sustainable.
Nicky Wilson Scottish Trustee and Vice Chair of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust said: “We are delighted to be In a position to offer community awards that will tackle the most pressing problems former mining communities face particularly on the jobs front.
“One strand of the funding will go to supporting initiatives emerging from our Communities Futures and Community Challenge projects.
“Dalmellington was one of the first placed to benefit from our Futures programme and our Challenge programme has already created around a dozen new jobs over the last two years.
“We will also provide intensive support to help community organisations gain the skills and capacity to successfully access other funding streams.”
Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Scottish Government is committed to the regeneration of our former coalfield communities.
“That is why, after a meeting with Annabelle Ewing, other MSPs and the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, I am pleased to launch the Coalfield Community Investment Programme which will see us provide a further £250,000 to support the vital work that this organisation is doing on the ground to engage with local communities.
“The dedication that the Coalfield Regeneration Trust has shown has been invaluable in helping local people and groups to initiate change and positive sustainable development.
“Community involvement is integral to the design and delivery of local economic and social regeneration initiatives. This government is absolutely clear about the contribution that regeneration makes to growing our economy and improving the life chances of Scotland’s people.”
Sharon Smith, Secretary of Dalmellington Community Futures Steering Group said: “The Trust’s Futures programme has made a fantastic difference by getting the whole of Dalmellington pulling together and agreeing on projects like brightening the place up, making the local park more accessible and backing tourism initiatives.”
Local MSP Adam Ingram said: “This is a really good initiative because it put people at the heart of regenerating their own communities, and that is the most effective way of tackling this issue.”
For full details of the programme and to find out how to apply contact David Wright of the CRT on 01259-272-127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scottish Government funds the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland
Our key priorities are supporting local initiatives to improve health and employment prospects for those who live in coalfields areas.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was formed in 1999 to help mining communities recover from the devastating effects of pit closures. Since then the Trust has spent over £17m in Scotland supporting over 600 community-based and job creation projects in the hardest hit areas.
For more information on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust go to: http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk