Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery (LACER) Fund

Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery (LACER) Fund

In February 2022, the Scottish Government announced a £80 million Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery (LACER) Fund for businesses and communities, and Angus Council received £1.672 million.

The £1,672 million will be distributed across Angus during 2022-23 and be directed at key areas of concern. That includes child poverty; fuel poverty and cost of living; food poverty; climate change and transport poverty; as well as seeking to support town centre economic growth.

The town centre economic growth element of the LACER Fund will build on stakeholder engagement with businesses and focus on recovery, growth, adaptation and resilience.

Flourishing and vibrant town centres will be the focus and ElevatorUK have been commissioned to deliver a bespoke retail programme across Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose.

Strand 1:
Eligible retail businesses will be contacted directly by Elevator UK from 21 November onwards. The first cohort will complete the programme before Christmas, with the remainder after Christmas due to pressure on retail businesses during this busy period.

Strand 2:
Follow up grant support is available for retail businesses who complete Phase 1.

Strand 3:
Seven business associations will be established, and supported by Economic Development, to look at projects to help increase footfall in town centres. Businesses interested in participating in their local association can complete an Expression of Interest form.

This project has been funded with support from Scottish Government.
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