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Place based Investment Programme

Published: July 20, 2021


The Place Based Investment Programme (PBIP) 2021-22 was announced by the Scottish Government in May 2021. The programme provides local government with a share of £140M over 5 years to support and advance place-based capital investment and build on the strong partnership currently existing through the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

West Lothian Council’s allocation over the 5-year period will be over £4.5m with £1,302,000 available for 2021/22. The grant is for capital expenditure, and it is expected that expenditure will be met, or at least work or contracts signed or commenced, by 31 March 2022. Projects are expected to have a value of £100,000 or above and be ready to implement. There will be no restriction placed on the number of application bids submitted and larger projects will be considered for funding awards that can be drawn down over the 5-year period.

At the Council Executive on 22 June it was agreed that West Lothian’s approach would focus in particular on the delivering the Community Wealth Building approach. Applications must be for capital projects that address at least one or more of the five principles of Community Wealth Building. Information on the approach and examples of capital projects can be found in the application guidance.


How to apply

Applicants must complete the application form [149.5KB] and submit this by 5pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021 to

Eligibility criteria and other key information can be found in the application guidance. [147KB]


Background Information

Council Executive report on the Place Based Investment Programme

For further information on Community Wealth Building, visit the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) website

Community Wealth Building was the theme of the May 2021 West Lothian Community Planning Partnership meeting. Links to the presentations can be found here.

These videos may also help explain the background to the approach:

CLES animation

CLES video


For any queries please contact the Community Planning and Regeneration Team:

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