CAMPERDOWN COMMUNITY GROWING HUB TO RECEIVE REGENERATION FUNDING
Dundee’s SNP MSPs Joe FitzPatrick and Shona Robison have welcomed funding to support the Camperdown Community Growing Hub in Dundee through the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).
Schemes around Scotland are to receive a share of £25 million from the RCGF – including the Camperdown Community Growing Hub in Dundee, which will receive £899,305.
The RCGF will support 1,220 jobs and as well as thousands of training places by refurbishing and bringing back into use 26 empty buildings to provide space for community enterprises.
Joe FitzPatrick MSP (Dundee City West constituency) said:
“The Camperdown Community Growing Hub will be a fantastic initiative that will provide vital support for people across Dundee, so I am delighted to see that the SNP Government will be providing this extra funding.
“This project has the potential to help local people to eat more healthily, tackle food poverty, as well as support people with mental health issues.”
Shona Robison MSP (Dundee City East constituency) said:
“The SNP Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund has been vital in supporting community-led regeneration projects and has invested more than £200 million since 2014.
“As we look towards our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, this investment in our communities will be vital.
“The hub at Camperdown will help to tackle inequalities, enable people to develop vital skills, and provide a facility that allows local people to grow healthy food for themselves and others, whilst simultaneously helping to reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint.”
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Further to Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop’s announcement that the Scottish Government’s additional £100m fund for businesses impacted by COVID-19 will open for applications later today, we wanted to provide you with further information about this support.
➡️ The Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund – a £45m fund for viable but vulnerable SME firms who are vital to Scotland’s economy
➡️ The Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund – a £20m fund for small creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of COVID-19 business rates relief
➡️ The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund – a £35m fund for newly self-employed facing hardship through £2,000 grants
In a collaborative approach, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise will deliver both the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund and the Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, with support from Creative Scotland and VisitScotland.
The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund will be delivered by local authorities. Links to individual local authority applications are available via the https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/ website. Full information about the eligibility criteria for this fund has been attached.
We are acutely aware of how tough a time this is for businesses in Scotland, so demand for this additional funding is likely to be exceptionally high. A guiding principle for us throughout this crisis has been to provide support to those who need it most. Delivering this extra assistance will be no different and will be of vital importance in order to support the economy.
For the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, support will be targeted at businesses that can demonstrate the following:
➡️ Drive economic prosperity – for example through wages, employment, exports, supply chain, etc. ➡️ Are a supplier or potential supplier to NHS or other COVID-19 vital services ➡️ Are suppliers to other essential businesses ➡️ Can scale up or diversify due to COVID-19 opportunities ➡️ Continue to trade or can quickly come out of hibernation ➡️ Play an important role within their local community
For the Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, support will be targeted at businesses in this sector that can demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19.
For each fund, companies must meet the following eligibility criteria:
The Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund:
➡️ Companies with up to 249 employees that have been trading successfully prior to COVID-19 ➡️ Less than €50m turnover or balance sheet total of €43m ➡️ Can demonstrate the funding will support the business to be viable ➡️ Not in financial difficulty before 31 December 2019 ➡️ Must have business bank account
The Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund:
➡️ Companies up to 49 employees ➡️ Experienced at least a 50% loss of current or projected revenue ➡️ Not in financial difficulty pre 31th December 2019 ➡️ Are not in receipt of other COVID-19 government support, except Coronavirus Job Retention ‘Furlough’ Scheme ➡️ Not for pre-revenue companies ➡️ Must have a business bank account
We have all worked together at pace to ensure the appropriate infrastructure and capacity is in place to deliver this support. Resources have been reallocated to ensure this fund is administered at maximum efficiency. We have pulled together key individuals across our respective organisations, such as Account Managers and Specialists, to support the appraisal of applications.
Getting the money to recipients is of critical importance. We anticipate the application process will take no more than ten working days and successful applicants will receive funds paid 100% upfront within that timeframe.
We expect that you have received a substantial number of enquiries from businesses in your constituency/ region about what support is available to them. Please do share this information with any companies you think would benefit from this assistance and meet the criteria we have outlined. We will also share this information via our various social media channels on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Only a collaborative approach will allow us to support companies and reset, restart and recover the Scotland’s economy. Thank you in advance for your support at this most challenging of times.
Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise
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