New social enterprise fund in Glasgow
Glasgow City Council has established a community, sports and cultural facilities social enterprise fund of £500,000 and a capital investment fund of £2.13million. These new funds will both help to sustain the existence of these facilities across the city – through their physical upgrade – and promote community management of them.
There are 32 community facilities in Glasgow managed by Glasgow Life, and in 2010/11 they attracted an attendance of almost 1.3million.
The establishment of these funds has its origins in the council’s Community Facilities review in 2010, which identified the need to invest in the physical infrastructure in these facilities in order to make their use even more attractive to local people.
The social enterprise fund is to be administered over the financial years 2011/12 and 2012/13. The fund will provide support for local groups or individuals to make more use of these facilities, and improve how they operate the venues and the programmes and services they offer to the local community.
This fund will be administered through the council’s grants fund, and will have the potential to attract match funding from other grant agencies such as Community Spaces Scotland, managed by the Big Lottery Fund.
The poor condition of many of the city’s community facilities is seen as a barrier to local people participating in community venues, and a £2.13million backlog in maintenance to tackle medium-term issues has been identified. A Capital Investment programme fund will allow these priority repair works to be made.
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: “Our community sports and cultural facilities play a vitally important role in the life of the city, providing services for a huge range of people of all ages and interests.
“The success of these facilities is reflected in the fact that there were almost 1.3million visits to them in the financial year 2010/11. It should not be forgotten that in many areas they act as a focal point for the local community.
“This new funding will help to deliver a sustainable future for these facilities and the people who use them by upgrading the buildings and the programme of activities taking place inside.”
The report on the funds was presented to the council’s Executive Committee – more details.