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by Jenni Davidson
16 July 2021
UK Government launches fund to help communities buy at-risk buildings and sports grounds

Children playing football in a park - Image credit: Jim Frye via Flickr

UK Government launches fund to help communities buy at-risk buildings and sports grounds

The UK Government has launched a £150m community ownership fund to help to help community groups take over at-risk local facilities such as pubs, theatres, post offices, sports grounds and corner shops.

Voluntary and community organisations will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched funding to buy local community assets.

Up to £1m will be available to establish sports clubs or help to buy sports grounds that are at risk.

A total of £12.3m has been set aside for community projects in Scotland.  

The first bidding round for funding closes on 13 August, with another seven bidding rounds expected to take place over the next four years.

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.”

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