Date lodged: 11 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what financial support schemes are available to fund economic projects in coastal communities.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 21 June 2018
The Scottish Government is providing £6.5m funding to 8 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to deliver economic projects within coastal communities.
The Coastal Communities Fund is currently available to successful applications from the current round of funding. This fund has supported economic growth in Scotland’s deprived coastal communities by funding project. No decision has been made about the future of the Coastal Communities Fund, but a review of the fund is currently underway. In the meantime, I am committed to supporting the current Coastal Communities Fund projects through to completion
The Scottish Government’s Empowering Communities Fund supports community empowerment cross Scotland and, enables disadvantaged communities to tackle poverty and inequality on their own terms and directly supports community priorities. This reflects our commitment to investing in communities so that they can develop the resources and resilience to decide their own priorities and needs; and, develop their own social, economic and environmental solutions in response. We will continue to support various community-led regeneration programmes through our £20 million Empowering Communities Fund in 2018-2019.