Four million for sports facilities

A four million cash pot will allow local communities and clubs across Scotland the ability to increase access to physical activity.

The cash will be available over the next four years through sportscotland, the Scottish Government’s national agency for sport.

Projects with a value of up to £100,000 will be available to community groups and sports clubs to upgrade and improve local sports facilities. This will help increase participation levels and provide support to sports in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

It complements plans by the Scottish Government to create 100 Community Sports Hubs by 2014, to ensure that all of Scotland benefits from the Commonwealth Games. This pledge has been backed by £1.5m annual funding as part of our Games Legacy plan. Based in local facilities such as sport centres and schools, hubs provide information, support and advice on sports and physical activities in local areas to encourage Scots to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

The Fund will typically cover up to 50 percent of a project’s cost up to £100,000, increasing to up to 100 percent in exceptional circumstances. A simplified application process has been adopted, making it quicker and easier for clubs to apply for funding.