Initiatives which work to improve and promote Falkirk, Grangemouth, Camelon and Standburn are among those benefitting from the Scotland Loves Local Fund, which has made more than 200 grants nationally.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the aim is to support small-scale improvements while helping motivate people to shop, eat and relax in their community and ensuring public safety.
Organisations supported include Falkirk Council, which has been granted £5000 to regenerate part of the Zetland Park Community Rose Garden after it fell into disrepair.
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Scotland’s Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “I am pleased to see our £1 million Scotland Loves Local Fund has reached hundreds of community projects across Scotland.
“This is a unique chance for our local communities to improve towns and promote them as better places to live – an opportunity to use the funding to unlock some brilliant creativity. This fund will empower communities by supporting local delivery of projects, to help our towns to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Over the festive season and beyond, I want to encourage our communities to ‘love local’ and remind everyone that money spent locally is more likely to stay in the local economy and support local jobs.
“We all have a part to play in Scotland’s economic recovery and can do so, whilst we look out for one another and follow the FACTS guidance.”
The fund is being administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership as part of its work to spearhead the Scotland Loves Local campaign, which is leading the charge for people to think local first for all of their needs to help businesses.
Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said: “We’re delighted that this funding will bring some brilliant projects across Falkirk to life.
“Whether by supporting local businesses in person or online, money that’s spent locally stays local for longer. Each of these schemes will provide another reason for people to embrace local life.
For more information, go to www.lovelocal.scot.