PRESS RELEASE: Big Lottery Fund launches new investment for Scotland’s Community Spaces

PRESS RELEASE: Big Lottery Fund launches new investment for Scotland’s Community Spaces
14.06.11

A groundbreaking fund allowing local people to come together to shape their neighbourhood, opens for business today (14 JUNE) across Scotland.

The new £9 million Community Spaces Scotland scheme from the Big Lottery Fund is set to rejuvenate local areas from Dumfries to Dingwall. From developing allotments, parks and community gardens through to improving village halls and community centres, the fund will improve local spaces and places, providing somewhere better for people to come together to be healthier, happier and more active.

Speaking in Loanhead at the launch of Community Space Scotland, Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, added: "We all know of those outdoor and indoor spaces in the heart of our local areas that with some care and attention could make our communities better places to live. Through Community Spaces Scotland we want to bring communities together to bring these areas back to life. This could involve turning an existing green space into a community allotment, bringing a derelict play park back to its former glory, refurbishing a village hall or even establishing a green gym, a physical space to get people more active. We want this investment to help create the ties which bind local people together to be healthier and happier whilst also improving those community spaces that matter to them.”

Welcoming the announcement Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil, said: “This new Fund will help get many worthwhile projects off the ground in communities which need it most, which is great news for local people. The Scottish Government has invested £200,000 in this new centre in Loanhead and we will continue to support regeneration projects, big and small, that improve our communities and bring a benefit to people’s lives. This is a fantastic example of government and the third sector working together to make the most of our resources and help local people make the changes that matter most to them.”

Community Spaces Scotland will invest £9 million over the next three years in projects that bring communities together around a space or place that matters to them, helping those spaces and places be better used, and the people in their communities to become healthier and more active.  

It will fund community led improvements to both outdoor and indoor spaces. This could include turning a derelict piece of land into a community garden, upgrading a play park to help disabled and non-disabled children play safely or replacing the kitchen in a community centre to accommodate more local groups, for example.

Community Space Scotland will be targeted at areas where BIG believes it can make the biggest difference possible from large urban areas to small towns and remote rural areas. Groups can check if they are eligible to apply by entering the postcode of their project base on BIG’s website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/communityspaces

Groups including voluntary and community organisations, schools, community councils and social enterprises can apply for grants for up to two years of between £10,000 and £250,000 though the average grant size is expected to be around £100,000. Development funding is also available for projects that require it.

Further details on how to apply, application deadlines and eligibility criteria can be found on Community Spaces Scotland web page at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/communityspaces.

More more details contact the Big Lottery Fund Press Office

0141 242 1458 or 07789 033457
Public Enquiries Line: 0870 240 2391                          
Textphone:  0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk