£1.4m grants cash will help boost city projects

EIGHT Glasgow projects are to receive a share of a £1.4million pot of regeneration cash.

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Fraser Howat, head of Castlemilk Youth Complex: "This funding will make a real difference"
Fraser Howat, head of Castlemilk Youth Complex: "This funding will make a real difference"

The money, from the Community Regeneration Fund, is for schemes that deliver support with employment in some of the city poorest areas.

The biggest grant goes to the Working Rite project, in Whiteinch and Scotstoun, which receives £192,000 for its learning and mentoring programme with young people.

Govanhill Community Training Garden will get £154,000, and a financial advice and literacy project in the area will receive £117,000 to improve people's learning and employment prospects.

Barmulloch Community, in the north of the city, has been awarded £128,000, a financial capability project in Blairtummock, in Easterhouse will be given £108,000 and a drop in youth café in Gorbals, £40,000.

Govan Housing Association's modern apprentice programme will get £50,000 and Hauners: A helping hand in Castlemilk, will get £87,000.

The project provides services for around 200 young people in the area giving them training, employment and volunteering opportunities.

Fraser Howat, Head of Castlemilk Youth Complex, said: "The project will identify disengaged young people that are struggling due to issues such as drink, drugs, gang fighting or other crime and offer them engagement, support and encouragement to progress towards further education, training or employment."

"By engaging with disaffected young people and encouraging them to participate in activities designed to achieve their aspirations, the project will help reconnect them with their community."

Margaret Burgess,Welfare Minister, announced the successful projects.

She said: "I am delighted that our investment is helping support community groups throughout Scotland.

"The People and Communities Fund has been extremely popular, supporting more than 130 projects since being launched in May 2012.

"The Charitable Bond model is allowing us to not only generate grants for charities but also allow funding in the form of a loan to a housing association to build more affordable homes across the country."

The cash comes from the Scottish Government's investment of £10m with Allia, a charitable provider of social investment products.

The rest of the cash, £8.6m, has been given in the form of a loan to Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, to build affordable homes.

The repayment of the loan to Allia will allow it to repay the Scottish Government in full.

stewart.paterson@eveningtimes.co.uk

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