Fund to rejuvenate local areas

carrick residents could benefit from a new funding source.

The ground-breaking project, which allows people to come together to shape their neighbourhood, opens for business this week across Scotland.

Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the new £9 million Community Spaces Scotland scheme from the Big Lottery Fund, which is set to rejuvenate local areas.

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.

Mr Ingram said he hoped that communities in the area would be making their applications for the cash.

He said: “This new fund will help get many worthwhile projects off the ground in communities which need it most.”

Projects must show communities have come together to make better use of local spaces and places, to improve their environment and to get healthier and be more active.

Mr Ingram added: “Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has been very successful in previous bids for lottery funding which has benefited the vast majority of the residents and I am sure the local communities and community councils will put forward worthy applications to this fund.”

Community Spaces Scotland will target £9 million of investment to support around 90 community-led improvements to both indoor and outdoor spaces over three years.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman Alison Magee said: “Community Spaces Scotland aims to bring communities together to determine their own needs and priorities.

“Whether it’s turning an existing green space into a community allotment, bringing a derelict playpark back to its former glory or refurbishing a village hall, this new funding will help local people to develop and take responsibility for those places and spaces that matter to them.”

Big Lottery Fund comes to Maybole Town Hall on Thursday, June 30, to provide information and advice to groups who may be eligible to apply for cash.

Groups can check if they are eligible to apply by entering the postcode of their project base on the BIG website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/communityspaces.