Funding to save amenities under the threat of closure

Brodick Nursery, which is housed in the village hall, faced closure owing to the challenges presented by the expansion of childcare hours.

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A UK government fund totalling £150 million has been created to help community groups purchase assets, amenities, and facilities which are at risk of being lost.

The community ownership fund is offering voluntary and community organisations up to £250,000 of matched funding to buy or take over local assets and run them. Brodick Hall, which is being offered to the community under an asset transfer, would be one of amenities which would be feasible for funding.

Up to £1m is also on offer to establish community-owned sports clubs or to help buy a sports ground.

Community and voluntary organisations will need to demonstrate that they meet the criteria by: showing that without intervention the asset would be lost to the community, the impacts that this would have and support they have from the community and other partners; showing the objectives and deliverability of the project and how the asset or amenity will be run sustainably; show how the asset will deliver community benefits under community ownership; show the added value of the asset or amenity to the community.

Scottish secretary Alister Jack said: ‘Alongside the levelling up, community renewal and UK shared prosperity funds, the community ownership fund is part of a crucial package of UK government investment to support communities.

‘The funds will play an important role as we build back better from the pandemic. I encourage communities across Scotland to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities the community ownership fund provides.’

For help, advice or further information, North Ayrshire Council information officer Rosemary Fotheringham, can be contacted by email at