Investing in Communities Fund launches

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Norette Ferns

The Scottish Government has today launched a new fund to tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality.

Community groups and projects can now apply to the £11.5 million Investing in Communities Fund. Grants of up to £250,000 are available over three years recognising the need for longer term planning in some projects. 

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

"We know that the best people to decide how to tackle local challenges are the people who live and work in the area.

"The introduction of this flexible, multi-year fund is the result of listening to the views of people in many different communities. It will enable community groups to make sustainable and impactful changes by providing them with the resources they need, when they need them.

"It will empower communities to have more control over of their own affairs and take forward more of the activities they have identified as being vital to their local area."

The fund is open for applications from 7 May until 14 June 2019 with grant offers expected to commence in September this year.

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information on the Investing in Communities Fund.