Closure-hit Tullibody Civic Centre has received a grant of £292,481 from the Scottish Land Fund.
It’s part of a total of £1,586,389 from the SLF that is being shared by 11 community groups across Scotland.
The award will allow Tullibody Community Development Trust to buy the building, at a discount, from Clackmannanshire Council, and to continue to provide sports and recreation facilities for people living in the local area, assist with community regeneration and provide employment.
Janet Gowran, Trustee, Tullibody Community Development Trust, said: “The funding from Scottish Land fund is transformational for Tullibody. The civic centre, which was due for closure by the Local Authority, until we, as a Trust stepped in to keep it open, we can now move forward with a far more secure long term future. The centre is at the heart of the community, and now it will be owned in effect by the community.“The centre provides much needed social identity, interaction and cohesion through the diverse array of activities it provides to a wide range of users. Becoming owners provides the potential for further community development, with our ultimate aim of re developing the whole building. That is a long journey but the SLF has enabled us to move ahead significantly on it. On behalf of our members, over 900 of them and the whole Tullibody community, we thank SLF for the support they have given us..
”John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair said: “From supporting community centres in towns and villages to giving funding to projects that turn woodland into places of recreation and employment, the Scottish Land Fund is strengthening both rural and urban communities right across the country.
Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said: Today’s successful projects are all great examples of people taking control of local resources for the long-term benefit of their communities. We wish all the successful groups the very best in their new ventures.”