Community Led Economic Regeneration Fund

Dumfries and Galloway Council's Community Led Economic Regeneration Fund (CLERF) aims to provide grant funding to community led organisations so they can plan and develop economic and place-based capital regeneration projects that are locally led and have a strong fit with local needs and ambitions.

What's the aim?

The purpose of the fund is to support the development of capital projects that will drive community led inclusive economic regeneration and growth and will transform our region's towns and neighbourhood places.

The aim of the CLERF is to assist community led organisations to fund the technical support they need - from professional architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, specialist technical surveys and reports etc - to assess the technical feasibility of their project idea, and to progress their project through subsequent design stages.

Who should apply?

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from community led organisations for projects that will bring new uses to town centre and neighbourhood premises and sites that have lain vacant for some time, and for projects that will repurpose vacant or derelict sites in town or neighbourhood centres currently on the Vacant and Derelict Land Register for Dumfries and Galloway.

An allocation of £250k has been made in each of the three years: 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24 and this will be distributed over one or more rounds each year until the allocation for each year is fully committed. Where funding for any one year is not fully committed, unallocated sums will be rolled forward to the next year until the funding is fully spent.

Types of Grant Funding

Community groups and organisations with eligible projects are now invited to apply for grants from the fund for 2021/22. Three streams of grant funding are available to community led groups and organisations wishing to develop their projects: Feasibility Grants, Design Development Grants and Construction Readiness Grants. Only one grant per organisation will be considered during each round of funding.

Feasibility Grants are available for organisations that wish to test the technical feasibility of their project idea using the services of a professional Design Team (Architect, QS, Engineer etc);

Design Development Grants are available for organisations that have completed their project feasibility stage and now wish to develop the project design to ensure that the project can obtain the necessary statutory (planning) consent, and to meet national or local funders' requirements.

Construction Readiness Grants are available to enable projects to fund the final stage of technical development to confirm their project's funding and readiness position and progress towards tendering the scheme of work.


Applications are welcomed from community led not-for-profit groups and organisations within Dumfries & Galloway who must be formally constituted, with a clear governance and financial structure and have their own bank account.

Further information on eligibility can be found in the application guidance notes linked below.

How to Apply: CLERF 1st Round 2021/22

Those interested in applying to the 1st Round of funding should first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The Fund will be open for EOI submissions from Monday 15 November 2021. The EOI form can be found below:

These should be submitted to no later than the closing date of 12noon on Monday 13 December 2021 . Those who receive a positive response to their EOI will be provided with a full application pack that will enable them to submit a more detailed application for their project to enable a decision to be made in February 2022. Successful applicants will then be issued with an Offer of Grant and will be able to draw down the funding.

It is expected that project activity funded by the grant should be completed within 12 months of the Offer of Grant being accepted.

Further Information & Guidance

Please read the information and guidance notes below for further information about the fund and application process:

For all enquiries about the Community Led Economic Regeneration Fund, please email




Page last updated: 15/11/2021
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