Big Lottery Fund
New future for landmark school following Scottish Land Fund award
£1,331,800 for 4 community ownership projects
A primary school in Newhaven, which was about to fall empty, is set for a new role at the centre of the community following an award £792,000 from the Scottish Land Fund.
Newhaven primary school
Heart of Newhaven Community (NDC) has been given the money in order to buy Victoria Primary School and turn it into a hub for local groups as well as space for an early years day-care nursery.
An announcement of the funding and of three further grants was made yesterday (29 July) by Environment and Land Reform Minister, Mairi McAllan, while visiting EATS Rosyth, which in November of last year received £284,500 from the Scottish Land Fund in order to purchase a disused Clydesdale Bank Building in order to relocate and expand its community activities around cooking and food.
Ms McAllan said:
“Communities across Scotland are achieving great things with support from the Scottish Land Fund. These awards will be a boost to the four communities who’ve worked so hard to keep their projects going through all the challenges of the last year.
“Visiting the Rosyth Community Garden and Orchard has shown the value of placing ownership and decision-making in the hands of local communities. By relocating the community hub to the new premises acquired through the Scottish Land Fund, EATS Rosyth aim to expand their existing services and offer a suite of new activities aimed at growing and sharing food, reducing waste, helping the environment, and improving food education. These projects will make a big contribution to their communities, to local resilience and recovery.”
Stephen Lynas, Chairman of EATS Rosyth said:
“We’re grateful to the Scottish Land Fund for their assistance in helping us purchase the building. Following a successful round of fundraising and getting in place the various consents required, we will be starting the renovation works for our new hub premises in the very near future. We’re looking forward to providing a brand-new community facility that will give us with a fantastic platform to grow our services and support our local community in Rosyth and Southwest Fife.”
On hearing news of its successful application, Rodney Matthews, Chair, Heart of Newhaven Community, said:
“This grant will cover the purchase price of the property and help with initial development costs.
“While the date when the children will move into their new school in Western Harbour is not yet known, we are now able to move forward confidently with our plans for what is a much-loved icon of Newhaven.”
Other projects benefiting during the current round of funding include Forgan Art Centre, which has been given £292,800 to buy the Leng Home, a disused care home in Newport on Tay and turn it into a space for social and economic activities and to increase social interaction.
Forgan Art Centre Chairperson, Gillian Burch, said:
“The management team at Forgan are really delighted that we have secured the funding to buy the Leng Home and take the Forgan Arts Centre forwards onto the next phase of its journey. The continued support from our local community, who want to see the Leng Home kept for community use, has encouraged us to keep going and we now look forward to expanding the Forgan Arts Centre in its new home.”
Carluke Development Trust has been awarded £112,000 to buy a two-storey house adjacent to Carluke High Mill, which the Trust already owns. This will allow it to continue its project to reduce dereliction and promote regeneration in the town.
Bill Anderson, Carluke Development Trust, said:
“We are delighted to receive support from the Scottish Land Fund for the acquisition of the former Millers House that sits within the Carluke High Mill and ONECarluke Community Growing & Learning Garden site. The acquisition of the house will complete the community ownership of the whole site and allow the project to create a larger Community HUB and move into an even more exciting period of delivery and further development.”
And Edinbane Community Company on Skye has been given £135,000 with which to buy three serviced building plots on which it plans to erect six affordable homes that will be rented to the community.
Alistair Danter, Chair, Edinbane Community Company, said:
“This is great news for the community who have been working for over three years to tackle the lack of affordable housing in Edinbane. We are immensely grateful to the Scottish Land Fund for its support of our community initiative, and we look forward to working with the private developer SLL to deliver six new affordable homes in 2023.”
The new Chair of the Scottish Land Fund, Cara Gillespie, said:
“We are delighted to make these awards, the first for our new Committee. It is a privilege to support communities with their efforts to improve where they live. These awards will make a positive difference, strengthening communities and empowering local people.”
The Scottish Land Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said:
“It’s great to see more dynamic communities taking control of resources for the long-term benefit of their local areas and people. Having greater control over such assets will help ensure their long-term future. I am delighted we have been able to provide Scottish Land Fund support and wish all the groups the very best in their new ventures.”
Latest News from
Big Lottery Fund
“My wish would be that we can help people learn the life skills that have very often kept me alive at my most troubling times.”23/09/2021 14:15:00
Grŵp Resilience in Pembrokeshire has received a grant of £7,880 from The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales to fund the Greener Healing project. This project will support people with mental health needs to take part in green social activity and evaluate how this affects them.
Funding for future-proofing the lives of thousands of young Scots announced22/09/2021 14:15:00
16 youth led projects share £1.1 million of Young Start funding
£500,000 Dormant Accounts grant supports positive Blueprint for the Arts16/09/2021 12:25:00
A £500,000 grant from the Dormant Accounts Fund NI has been awarded to the charity Arts & Business NI, to support its Blueprint, a ground-breaking five-year partnership programme which will support small and medium sized arts and cultural organisations to become more sustainable in the long-term.
£2.6 million National Lottery boost for Northern Ireland communities02/09/2021 14:10:00
A range of community projects including those supporting stroke survivors and a group helping people with disabilities to surf have received more than £2.6 million from The National Lottery Community Fund.
COP26: New community climate action fund - Together for Our Planet – opens today thanks to National Lottery players01/09/2021 15:05:00
A new £2.5million National Lottery-funded programme to support communities across the UK take action on climate change, opens for applications today [1 September 2021], ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow this November.
New report reveals benefits of £650 million investment into community spaces over past five years01/09/2021 10:20:00
A new report published yesterday by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, reveals the huge difference made to people’s lives by improving the accessibility of vital community spaces.
The National Lottery Community Fund Chair's inaugural tour to Wales31/08/2021 16:20:00
Blondel Cluff CBE visited several National Lottery funded projects in Wales this week, a few months after being appointed Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund UK Board.
National Lottery funding helps Scottish community groups begin COVID-19 recovery journey26/08/2021 14:15:00
Over £2.2m of National Lottery funding is today (THURSDAY 26 AUGUST) being shared by 103 community groups across Scotland.
“I have been so inspired by the people I have met volunteering for the Macular Society, it has really helped with my own diagnosis.”19/08/2021 14:10:00
The Macular Society successfully bid for a grant of £300,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales to let them carry on helping over 2,500 people losing their sight in Wales.