Organisations across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire have secured a share of £1.5m from the Scotland Loves Local Fund.

Schemes in Paisley, Renfrew, Lochwinnoch, Clarkston, Barrhead and Newton Mairns are among those benefiting from the boost to help revitalise cities, town centres and neighbourhoods..

The Scottish Government fund encourages support for local economies which were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationally, it includes help to restore local tourism, make town centres more environmentally friendly and sustainable, support communities to refurbish shop fronts and public spaces ahead of the festive season.

Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur, who is also the MSP for Renfrewshire South, said: “The Scottish Government is supporting our communities to deliver renewed local prosperity. I hope these grants will help spur on many of the projects which are vital to unlocking the innovation and action which will make our towns and neighbourhoods stronger.

“The Fund provides 50% match funding for local projects between £5,000 and £25,000 and targets funding towards local economies that have been impacted most due to the pandemic, including those in areas with pre‑existing inequality.

“It reinforces our determination to support all our communities as they recover and will help strengthen the vital backing being provided through the Scotland Loves Local marketing campaign and gift card scheme.

“These grants are part of Scottish Government measures to create a fairer, healthier, greener, inclusive and more sustainable economic recovery.”

The Fund has been administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the organisation spearheading Scotland Loves Local with support from the Scottish Government.

STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice said: “Vital work is taking place across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire – indeed throughout Scotland – to revitalise and reimagine our communities. There’s real innovation among the projects being supported. I am sure these grants will go a long way to turning these ambitious visions into action, delivering real benefits.”

The Scotland Loves Local campaign urges people to think, choose and spend local to help their communities recover from the impact of coronavirus and build a stronger future.

More details about the Scotland Loves Local campaign can be found at www.lovelocal.scot or by following #ScotlandLovesLocal on social media.

The £10 million Scotland Loves Local programme extends over five years and encourages people to think and choose local first by supporting their businesses and communities.

Main photo: (Left to Right) STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice and Community Wealth Minister – Tom Arthur MSP

Award in this area (in full):

Region Communities Applicant Details Award
East Renfrewshire East Renfrewshire East Renfrewshire Council Marketing campaign to support the Scotland Loves Local East Renfrewshire Gift Card, supported alongside promotion of the established “Here” place brand. £5,000
East Renfrewshire Clarkston & Newton Mearns I Love Clarkston & My Mearns A Very Merry, Clarkston Christmas – showcasing numerous small, local businesses in a Christmas market as well a town centre parade, fireworks, Grotto and more – wth hopes of extending it to Newton Mearns. £15,000
East Renfrewshire Barrhead & Newton Mearns East Renfrewshire Council A mass participation project to engage residents in Newton Mearns and Barrhead in a walking and cycling game to encourage Active Travel and promote the Active Travel Network, local leisure and cultural facilities and green spaces to residents and the local school population. The project aims to motivate people to experience the benefits of active travel by participating in fun, game-based activities. £20,000
Renfrewshire Lochwinnoch Local Energy Action Plan The continued development of Lochwinnoch Food Committee, focussed on improving wellbeing, social inclusion and community engagement, while reducing carbon emissions, covering some staffing, marketing and the set-up of a Community Larder. £19,500
Renfrewshire Renfrew Kustom Kruizers Expansion of work to increase the amount of people we can worked with in the hub, and allowing more young people to participate and develop bike repair skills as part of a schools project. A recent move to a bigger workshop has increased the space and demand for bike maintenance sessions. £1,080
Renfrewshire Paisley Paisley First Delivery of Paisley Loves Local Campaign throughout the autumn and winter, including a Christmas Golden Ticket Campaign with vouchers to be spent in local businesses, support of the launch of the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card, a Christmas Trail and Paisley’s Advent Calenda, the creation of films for social media and three “Paisley’s Big Indie Christmas weekends” in December. £25,000