Funding boost for church

Bearsden Baptist Church.
Bearsden Baptist Church.

Bearsden Baptist Church is one of four East Dunbartonshire sites set to benefit from what’s claimed to be an “inspirational” new scheme.

East Dunbartonshire Council secured funding from Stalled Spaces Scotland to help breathe new life into moribund development sites, green spaces or vacant and derelict land - mainly in local town centres and settlements.

Applications were invited earlier this year for the first round of funding, with eight projects seeking support.

Four have been provisionally approved for funding – and Bearsden Baptist Church is definitely approved – while discussions with other groups are taking place to help deliver the scheme in a further two locations.The Council agreed to match-fund the £15,000 secured - giving a total fund of £30,000 for temporary projects in East Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, said: “All of the applications were judged according to criteria laid down by the Stalled Spaces programme.

“It’s important to stress that unsuccessful applicants from round one will be strongly encouraged to apply again, with the project team available to provide feedback and information on how the applications can be improved.”

Councillor Moir added, “The small grants will help to revitalise areas which were previously derelict or disused - giving the community a sense of ownership and boosting social regeneration.

“In addition, it could help to reduce antisocial behaviour, encourage active healthy lifestyles, attract business and investment, and lead to more partnership working.”