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£10.5 Million windfall to build community ownership ambitions

Ten Scottish communities with innovative and ambitious plans for owning their own assets are today celebrating a massive £10 million cash boost from the National Lottery.

From reviving the renowned Govanhill baths as a hub of health and well-being in Glasgow to building a new state of the art community hub in Tayport, Fife, the funding will pay for new builds, developments and extensions to buildings for community use. See full list of projects in your area below.

They are the final grants to be announced from the Big Lottery Fund’s Growing Community Assets fund which over the last ten years has invested a total of £98 million into 181 projects helping communities throughout the length and breadth of the country to become stronger and more resilient by acquiring and developing assets that matter most to them.

Announcing the grants totalling £10,576,962, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this £10 million investment will transform the landscape of ten Scottish communities. But, more than that, it puts local people in charge of their futures. We know from a decade of Growing Community Assets funding that community ownership can deliver huge social, educational and economic opportunities. Today’s successful projects are great examples of this in action and show that local people are best placed to identify what their community needs to develop and thrive.”

Growing Community Assets grants awarded today:

Cairndow Community Childcare Limited
Area: Argyll and Bute
Award: £1,050,000
To develop a new-build childcare facility and community resource centre at the brownfield Clachan Sawmill site at the head of Loch Fyne. The new facility will provide a dedicated and self-contained childcare facility with both indoor and outdoor space, a separate active play facility (both indoor and outdoor) and a community room for let.

Stranraer Millennium Centre Community Trust
Area: Dumfries and Galloway
Award: £1,085,000
To refurbish and extend the current Millennium Centre in Stranraer to create a community hub which will incorporate a café, office space, multi-purpose space for community activities, a dance/fitness studio and recording space.

New Galloway Community Enterprises Limited
Area: Dumfries and Galloway
Award: £809,810
To purchase and refurbish the only remaining village shop and attached house. This will create a new community shop and will convert the residential accommodation into self-catering holiday units.

The Fraser Centre Community Trust
Area: East Lothian
Award: £1,200,000
To build a new multi-functional, arts and cultural centre at the site of the existing Fraser Centre - a historic building in the centre of Tranent in East Lothian. The new community hub will serve the surrounding area with a local cinema/theatre, a cafe and multi-purpose space that will be open to the wider community.

The Broomhouse Centre
Area: Edinburgh
Award: £1,200,000
To acquire, renovate and develop the Broomhouse Centre, an existing community managed facility. The extension will increase the social enterprise cafe space, extend the kitchen and food preparation area and increase meeting space for a range of community groups and services.

Tayport Community Trust
Area: Fife
Award: £1,200,000
To build a new community hub on the site of the derelict Abertay Works, a former steel fabrication plant in Tayport, Fife. The new facility will provide a mix of community, sports, arts and tourist activities, as well as a space for outreach health and community police services, and will be available for hire by local groups for meetings and events.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust
Area: Glasgow
Award: £1,000,000
To create a wellbeing centre for the community of Govanhill by refurbishing the majority of the spaces within the B-listed Edwardian Govanhill Baths building which was closed 15 years ago. This will include a gym, community café, community kitchen, hot-desk facilities for local businesses and a range of flexible spaces and meeting rooms.

Southside Housing Association Limited (SHA)
Area: Glasgow
Award: £1,184,000
To develop a new community hub by replacing the 50 year old temporary classroom building that currently serves as the Nan Mckay Hall in Pollokshields.

Spire View Housing Association Ltd
Area: Glasgow
Award: £1,098,748
To develop a new flexible multi-functional community facility in Roystonhill which will act as a hub for local activities and services. The building, which will incorporate the sandstone frontage of the existing Rainbow Hall, will provide a shop, café, a main hall that can be subdivided, a kitchen, reception area, two meeting rooms and an interview room.

Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust
Area: South Lanarkshire
Award: £749,404
To develop an existing community hub called Number 18 in Rutherglen allowing it to house a community café, a home to Camglen community radio, a multi use events space, flexible use rooms, IT/internet access, retail and community art, music and culture space and local information displays.

Also today the Big Lottery Fund is awarding a further £4 million to 19 community projects across Scotland from its £250 million pot to support people and communities to overcome challenging circumstances. See a full list of awards

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Notes to Editors:

  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • The Big Lottery Fund Scotland is focussed on helping people and communities most in need throughout Scotland through its five-year £250m funding scheme as well as small grants schemes Awards for All and Investing in Ideas.
  • Since March 2007 Big Lottery Fund Scotland has taken devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn plays a strategic role in the future direction of the Fund in Scotland.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects across the UK that change the lives of millions of people. Every year we fund 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £35 billion has been raised and more than 490,000 grants awarded.


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