THREE West Fife projects will receive a share of more than £1.2 million of Scottish Government cash.

Kincardine will get £600,000 for town centre improvements, there's £438,000 towards restoring St Margaret's House in Dunfermline and £200,000 to help develop community facilities at Dunfermline Athletic's new training ground in Rosyth.

Fife Council's share of the Placed Based Investment Programme Funding for 2022-23 is £2.7 million.

It's part of a £140m, five-year stimulus package from Holyrood but there are strings attached with the money having to be spent within the financial year and an expectation the projects should be completed by September 2023.

The council has opted for a list of eight schemes that are ready to go, with three on the reserve list.

In a report to the policy and co-ordination committee today (Thursday) Gordon Mole, head of business and employability services, confirmed: "The proposed disbursement of funds reflects the Scottish Government’s priorities, including its set timescales.

"The projects identified have the necessary approvals and/or plans in place to allow expenditure to be completed on time."

In West Fife, the £600,000 for Kincardine streetscape works, a programme drawn up by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust and Sustrans, aims to improve the environment, accessibility and transport links in the town, as well as making the High Street more 'people-friendly'.

Priorities were highlighted by local residents in a community charrette in 2017, including a link between High Street and the Fife Coastal Path, better cycle and pedestrian routes and traffic priority changes.

St Margaret's House is going to get £438,000 but this is a "re-commitment" of funding from last year after the project ran into delays.

It's long been an ambition to bring the house back into productive use but plans to turn it into a 'boutique hostel' floundered due to a lack of funds.

And a gloomy update in December from town centre economy adviser Sunil Varu said it would cost "at least £3 million".

The £438,000 from the Scottish Government will likely be used for phase one works, making the building wind- and water-tight and repairing some flood damage.

The council also aims to spend £200,000 to support the development of community facilities at Dunfermline Athletic's new base at Rosyth.

The report said: "This will support employment, training and education streams."

The Pars are taking over the former Civil Service Club on Castle Road and will make the site their new training ground.

A deal was announced in November last year and it will house the Pars' first-team squad, its newly-formed youth academy and the Pars Foundation – a charity which runs the club's community programme.

Plans include two full-size grass pitches and a 3G astroturf pitch, with fencing and floodlights, an education and analysis auditorium, changing rooms, offices and meeting rooms, a kit room, laundry and boot room, an indoor sports hall, kitchen and an eating and rest area.

The club's strength and conditioning gym will also be moved from its current location at East End Park.

Chairman Ross McArthur described the deal as a "game-changer" and said it wouldn't have been possible without the investment of the DAFC Fussball GmBH group, the German consortium who took on a majority shareholding in the Pars last year.

The remainder of the money from the Scottish Government is earmarked for projects in Kirkcaldy, Leven and Lochgelly, while there's also a £200,000 Fife-wide fund for business improvement grants, up to £10,000.