£4 million grant fund bid fails at the first hurdle

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A £4 million funding bid to the Scottish Government by the group hoping to raise that amount for a new Girvan swimming pool has been rejected.

South Carrick Community Leisure had applied to the government’s capital grants fund for £4 million match funding for the pool for which South Ayrshire Council has already promised £4m.

However, SCCL chairman Andrew Sinclair said this week that this was only one of many sources of funding the group is looking at.

Mr Sinclair said: “It is disappointing, but it’s only one of the many sources of funding that we are looking at.

“We will carry on exploring all avenues of funding so that we can raise the £4m required to match-fund the money from the council.”

The £25m Regeneration Capital Grant Fund which has been developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities will provide financial support from 2014/15 to projects that will help to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas. It will focus on projects that engage and involve local communities and those that can demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable regeneration outcomes.

The fund is open to all 32 Scottish local authorities, either individually or if they exercise their functions through Urban Regeneration Companies or other Special Purpose Vehicles.

All applications are subject to scrutiny by the independent Regeneration Capital Grant Fund Investment Panel which will make final recommendations on projects to be funded.

There is a two-stage assessment process.

The call for stage 1 applications closed on 28 June 2013. The Investment Panel met on 22 August 2013 to consider the stage 1 proposals (147 proposals were received at stage 1). The panel agreed to invite 41 projects to stage 2.

Projects including town regeneration plans forDalkeith and Kirkintilloch were accepted by the panel and projects in Saltcoats and Millport also made it through to stage two.

Jill Cronin, Head of Community, Enterprise and Development for South Ayrshire Council said there was puzzlement at the council at the decision.

Mrs Cronin said: “The Capital Grant Fund has identified those bids it wished to invite to submit a Stage 2 application and unfortunately the Girvan Multi-faceted Building project was not successful.

“At this stage we do not know why our Stage 1 bid is not being taken forward, however, we do expect some further feedback which we will use to improve any future application.”