Big Lottery Scotland has announced today, 13th July 2016, that it is to spend £45 Million between now and 2o2o in supporting community led projects to develop or build assets for their community use.
Groups can apply for grants from £10,000 to £1 million and, where needed, will receive professional technical support and advice from Community Asset mentors to turn their project ideas into reality.
The funding will assist communities in acquiring, managing and developing buildings, land or any other form of assets.
Speaking today at the Whiteinch Centre in Glasgow, where the announcement was made, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: ‘This new funding will allow even more communities to follow in the footsteps of organisations like the Whiteinch Centre, which, this year, reaches its own key milestone – the tenth anniversary of community ownership. The Big Lottery Fund has 15 years of experience in supporting local communities to take greater control of their futures through the acquisition, management and development of local assets. And we know the positive difference this can make.’
The Whiteinch Centre in Glasgow first received National Lottery funding of £291,074 in 2003 to help with the capital costs of the building, and has since received a further five grants worth £519,644 to develop the centre and turn it into the thriving community asset that it is today.
Ian Morrison of the Whiteinch Centre Board, said: ;We are delighted to host Big Lottery Fund as they announce the launch of Community Assets. Over the years support from the Big Lottery Fund and others funders has helped us build a centre at the heart of the community meeting local needs and making a difference in people’s lives day to day.’
Brendan O’Hara, MP for Argyll and Bute [pictured above], welcomed the announcement, saying: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity provided by Big Lottery Scotland for organisations working at the heart of Argyll and Bute’s communities.I would urge all those organisations to find out more about this fund and how they can apply.’