Scotland’s largest ever lottery contract to support communities

Scotland’s largest ever lottery contract to support communities


30.06.06


Big Lottery Fund in Scotland is announcing the start of a new partnership as a consortium led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) wins the contract to deliver the £50 million Growing Community Assets (GCA) funding scheme.


One of the most innovative Lottery schemes, GCA will empower communities to take control of their own assets to shape and dictate their own future.


The contract to deliver GCA is worth £3.9 million over the next three years and the HIE consortium, which includes CEiS (Community Enterprise in Strathclyde); Forth Sector, Social Investment Scotland, the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company (HICEC) and Scottish Enterprise, will work on application development, support and post award monitoring to ensure that GCA achieves its many aims between now and March 2009. Decision making on grants will remain with the Big Lottery Fund Scotland committee.


Director of the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, Dharmendra Kanani said: “I am really delighted to announce that the HIE consortium has been appointed to take GCA forward. There was a very competitive tender process and we believe that appointing HIE to manage GCA for the Big Lottery Fund offers Lottery players and communities across Scotland the best value for money.


“Through GCA the Big Lottery Fund aims to enable local communities to acquire assets that will help them become stronger and more sustainable. This funding will provide Scottish communities with the means to seize other opportunities and realise their own potential.”


Dharmendra Kanani added: “Working with the HIE- led consortium means that we have teamed up with organisations which are expert in this field and will be able to make excellent assessments of all applications. More importantly this consortium will be able to offer the kind of developmental support that many small communities, both urban and rural, need to help get a good idea or project off the ground.


“We want to provide communities with the ability to deliver high quality services and amenities by themselves, in a way that is financially and environmentally sustainable and brings high levels of community benefit. We believe that GCA will offer people across Scotland the chance to energise and transform their communities.”


Sandy Cumming, HIE chief executive, said: ‘I am delighted that the HIE-led consortium has been awarded this contract. It’s a credit to the reputation of this organisation that we have been chosen to distribute assistance to communities to buy assets, not only in rural areas but also to urban and inner city projects.
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‘We look forward to working with our delivery partners, Community Enterprise in Strathclyde; Forth Sector, Social Investment Scotland, HICEC and Scottish Enterprise.


‘Between us we share a dynamic goal with the people of Scotland to develop the community ownership of a wide range of assets which will create sustainable and substantial benefits in communities ranging from the Highlands and Islands to our largest cities.’


The kind of assets purchased through GCA will normally be physical ones – land, buildings, plant, equipment and vehicles. Funding through GCA will allow communities to acquire, improve, develop, manage and sustain them as well as protect the environmental assets.


In 2001, the Big Lottery Fund appointed Highlands and Islands Enterprise in partnership with Scottish Enterprise to administer the Scottish Land Fund grant programme distributing £15 million to help rural communities acquire, manage and develop local land.


For more information regarding this release contact EMMA WHITFIELD at:
Big Lottery Fund Press Office (Scotland): 0141 242 1415 or 07880 737157


OR
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Press Office: 01463 244 235



Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk