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Final round of Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund opens

26/01/2015
Community Engagement
Third sector organisations are invited to express an interest in funding through this Legacy 2014 fund.

A final round of funding from the £1 million Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund, is now available after the first 21 beneficiaries were announced last month.

Over £200,000 remains available for third sector organisations looking to develop facilities for use by their local communities. The fund was created with investment from the Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust, and is delivered by these organisations in partnership with Social Investment Scotland, sportscotland and Senscot.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: 

“This additional funding represents an enormous opportunity for small sport and community groups throughout Scotland. These grants will provide vital help to small initiatives that are trying to get off the ground. Our ambitions around Games legacy are all about encouraging more people to take up sport and physical activity, and small grassroots organisations are on the front line of these efforts. That’s why I’m delighted that, working with our funding partners, we are able to help them in this way.”

Kenneth Ferguson, Director of The Robertson Trust, said:

“We have an incredibly committed community sport sector in Scotland which is capable of delivering impressive results often with limited resources.  Through The Robertson Trust’s investment in the Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund, we hope to make the process of achieving sustainability that little bit easier for those organisations involved.”

Alastair Davis, Chief Executive of Social Investment Scotland, commented:

“The Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund has the potential to make a real and lasting difference within Scotland’s communities, by helping organisations realise their plans and increase their impact in areas such as health and well-being, employment and education.  This funding boost, often only met through years of tireless fundraising, will cover the costs of investigating and developing ideas.

“We encourage any not for profit organisations who are thinking of enhancing their role within their communities through sport or physical activity to contact us to discuss how this funding might work for them.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:

“The Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is another part of the positive legacy that is being felt across the country following Glasgow 2014. Working with our partners, we are implementing a world-class sporting system which is providing more and better opportunities for people to take part in sport and we view this fund as an important part of this structure. I would strongly encourage non-profit sporting organisations to apply for this funding to help them develop in the future.”

The funding is for scoping and preparatory work which will inform future plans for the development of a facility. 

Find information on the Fund and an expression of interest form here