Deadline: Friday 1 October 2021, 5pm

The 'Scotland Loves Local' fund is a support scheme that aims to encourage people to think local first, supporting businesses and enterprises in their community. A total of £2 million-worth of grants will be available this financial year.

Overview

The Scottish Government is inviting collaborations and partnerships of Local Authorities, Community and Development Trusts, Town Teams, community/neighbourhood/Town Partnerships, Community Councils, Business Improvement Districts, and other eligible groups to develop projects to build the wealth of our local communities, revitalise our local places, town centres, or 20-minute neighbourhoods; increasing footfall and activity. 

This is a multi-year combined capital / revenue fund, with the first phase inviting applications for projects requiring funding up to March 2023. Up to £2 million of funding will be available to commence projects in 2021-22 which requires to be matched by applicants. Match funding could come for example from commercial property value, Local Authority, Sustrans, Historic Environment Scotland, Community, VisitScotland, HE/FE, private sector, etc.

The minimum application is £10,000 and the maximum is £50,000. They will accept applications for funding which may need to be carried forward into 2022-23 with a completion date of March 2023. A second call for applications may be made in the 2022-23 financial year. 

Eligibility

They are inviting applications from constituted groups with bank accounts and suitable governance controls, and where there is a local authority co-signatory. Local authorities are also able to apply directly to the fund. 

Please contact Scotland’s Towns Partnership at [email protected] if you are unsure if your organisation is eligible to apply.

For more information, and to download the guidance and application, please visit https://lovelocal.scot/scotland-loves-local-fund-application-and-guidance