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From Macaulay College Facebook Page

Macaulay College in Stornoway is getting more than £500,000 in support from the UK Government.

It is one of six “vital community assets” in Scotland like youth hubs, cinemas and sports clubs have been saved, thanks to £3.8m announced by the UK Government today (Saturday March 23) in an official statement.  

The money from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Community Ownership Fund “will ensure these beloved establishments are protected, ensuring they will be around for generations to come. 

“This funding will maintain more community spaces for people to enjoy, helping to bolster local economies as well as contributing to the government’s wider mission to grow the economy. 

Macaulay College – based at Marybank near Stornoway – gets £538,122.00. It is a Community Interest Company, based on a family-owned farm , previously the Macaulay Experimental Peat Farm. Macaulay College provides people with additional social and educational requirements with a programme of activities that encourages them to have meaningful and fulfilling working and social lives whilst achieving their full potential and reaching person-specific targets. It was founded by artists and educators Roland Engebretsen and Rebecca Lindsay in 2010. 

Across the United Kingdom, the Department has announced £33.5m today to save more than 80 projects in our communities.   

Other rojects receiving funding in Scotland include: 

  • Filmhouse: Reopening of a new and improved cinema in Edinburgh that will be sustainable for generations to come. The venue will screen films that would not otherwise be accessible as well as host up and coming film festivals to be enjoyed by local people and visitors.    
  • Penicuik Youth Hub: Transforming this community centre in Midlothian into a ‘Youth Hub for excellence’, providing dedicated spaces for young people to have more sporting and performing arts opportunities in their local area.    
  • Castlemilk Community Football Trust: New money to create high-quality sporting facilities in Glasgow with the aim to increase community engagement in football and other grassroots sports. They will also provide fitness classes and community social events and activities.    

Former Islands and Highlands MSP and now UK Government Minister for Scotland Donald Cameron said: "Congratulations to the six Scottish projects receiving more than £3.8m in the latest round of the UK Government's local asset saving Community Ownership Fund.  

"It was a pleasure to visit Filmhouse, Edinburgh, and see first-hand just how much it meant for them to be awarded £1.54 million to help reopen this much cherished venue.  

“The other winners - Macaulay College in the Western Isles, Castlemilk Community Football Trust in Glasgow and community centres in Penicuik, Kilmarnock and Newton Mearns - means that 47 community assets right across Scotland are sharing almost £17 million from the fund.  

“I encourage community groups across Scotland to see if they might be eligible to apply for the next and final round. Overall, the UK Government is now investing more than £3 billion into levelling up across Scotland." 

This is the third announcement of funding from the third round of the Community Ownership Fund, bringing the total spending from the pot to more than £103m with 333 projects rescued so far. 

The next round of the Community Ownership Fund, Round 4, is the final round. There will be two bidding windows in Round 4 to allocate remaining funding. The next bidding window, Round 4 Window 1, will open on 25 March 2024 and close on 10 April 2024.