Big Lottery funding set to offer lasting benefits
Auchmuty precinct in Glenrothes is one of seven Scottish neighbourhoods set to benefit from a share of a £12million Big Lottery ‘Our Place’ fund.
The community saw off rival bids from Dunfermline and Leven to be chosen alongside other projects in Falkirk, Dundee, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Dumfries.
It’s now hoped Auchmuty will get in excess of £1m plus additional support as part of the five-year funding initiative when the final allocations are announced on May 23.
And residents are set for a further boost as the Gazette can reveal that Fife Council is likely to match fund the amount which, it is hoped, will trigger a huge improvement in community support services and a range of resident-based projects within the area.
David Nelson, secretary of Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association, who made the application with the support of Fife Council, said the confimation of the award offers “massive opportunity” for the town.
“It’s taken a lot of effort just to get to this stage and represents a huge boost for the area, but now the real work starts and we want as many residents as possible to get involved in deciding how best to implement this funding,” said Mr Nelson.
“We built our application for funding on the exemplary work that a great many people, such a JP Eason and his team at Auchmuty Learning Centre, are doing for the community and this funding endorses their efforts.
“To say we are delighted is certainly an understatement,” he added.
Consideration is already being given to plans to build a ‘community hub’ that would replace the existing Auchmuty Learning Centre, bringing a range of services, both social and educational, under one roof.
Auchmuty Tenants Association are also looking to base themselves in the facility, should it come to fruition.
The ‘Our Space’ Big Lottery initiative is aimed at offering financial support and helping local people and organisations to make positive changes in their own neighbourhood.
First introduced in 2010, it invested £11 million in 25 projects in five neighbourhoods.
The launch of follow up initiative, of which Auchmuty is included, will offer approximately £12million worth of funding over five years, starting in 2015.
Fife Council is expected to match-fund the amount offered by Big Lottery, creating a unique opportunity for the town.