A £1m fund that offers grants to third sector organisations in Scotland that want to take ownership of or develop facilities for community use has reopened for applications.
The Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is designed to support and develop the sustainability and capacity of aspiring and existing social enterprises that provide sport or other physical activities.
The final strand of the programme, which opened to applications today, is offering grants of up to £25,000 to provide business planning and development support to organisations that want to scope out ideas about purchasing, renovating or enhancing an existing physical asset, or building from new.
Organisers of the fund said that more than £200,000 remained available in this round, which should be used for scoping and preparatory work.
The fund, set up to build on the legacy of last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is made up of an investment of £500,000 from the Scottish government and £500,000 from the grant-maker the Robertson Trust, and is being delivered by these organisations in partnership with Social Investment Scotland, Sportscotland and the social enterprise body Senscot.
Jamie Hepburn, the Scottish Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said the funding was an "enormous opportunity for small sport and community groups throughout Scotland".
Alastair Davis, chief executive of Social Investment Scotland, said: "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 wellbeing, employment and education.
"We encourage any not-for-profit organisations that 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."
Organisations wishing to discuss the fund or obtain an expression of interest form should contact Tracy Drummond, investment manager (sport) at Social Investment Scotland, on 0131 603 8285.
Expressions of interest must be received by 26 February.