Island groups secure funding

Eleven projects across the Highlands and Islands will today (Tuesday, 8 April) share a total of £2,266,742 in grants from Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Scotland scheme.

This includes the Breasclete Community Association, Back Football and Recreation Club and Barra Children’s Centre who will each be awarded funding for local projects.

This funding is part of a wider £10 million investment to 59 projects across Scotland.

Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Our Community Spaces programme allows local people to get together and shape their neighbourhood by making better use of outdoor and indoor spaces. Today’s investment allows for the development, improvement and creation of village halls, community gardens, art centres, sports and play facilities. For some areas, the refurbishment of a village hall will create a welcoming centre which can support a range of activities. For others, the transformation of a disused space offers a secure recreational place for everyone to enjoy.”

Breasclete Community on the Isle of Lewis will develop a play park and eco-garden on a disused plot of ground beside the town’s community campus which houses the local nursery, primary school, and community centre. Today’s grant of £225,545 will see the play area and the educational benefits of the eco garden become central to the life of the community. Local children will have the use of a modern, well-equipped play area including a shelter for older children and a fenced area next to the nursery where very small children can be supervised. The adjoining eco-garden will improve the view from the community centre, as well as offering educational resources for the primary school.

Kenny MacLennan, Chair of Breasclete Community Association, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this announcement. We are now in a position where we can provide a first class, modern play area that will serve our community and complement the facilities currently available at our community centre campus. Without this award we would never be able to provide such a facility and we look forward to working with the Big Lottery Fund over the coming months to provide a much needed amenity for our community. We are genuinely excited about the award as this allows us to progress a community project that has been part of our community development plan for many years.”