Over £250,000 of funding has been awarded to 12 third sector organisations to help develop sports facilities for use by their local communities, through the Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund .
Beneficiaries include Fabb Scotland, a national organisation working to increase access to sport, leisure and outdoor adventure for disabled young people. The organisation will receive £24,700 to support them in scoping plans for a new residential outdoor centre and independent living apartments in Callander which would allow them to offer a broader range of services.
Visiting Fabb Scotland this morning to announce the funding awards, Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: "I'd like to congratulate Fabb, and all the other organisations on their awards today. Small organisations like this are doing tremendous work to encourage more Scots to be more active, more often. Almost a year after Glasgow hosted the best Games ever, it's important that Scotland continues to benefit from their legacy, and this fund is a key part of those efforts.
"The Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is there to offer help to social enterprises and to allow them to ensure their long term sustainability. I look forward to seeing the positive impact the Fund will make."
Kenneth Ferguson, Director of The Robertson Trust, said "Sport can provide a range of positive benefits for individuals and communities. We are delighted to be able to use this Legacy 2014 programme to support organisations across Scotland which are helping to enhance the lives of the people they work with through sport."
Alastair Davis, Chief Executive of Social Investment Scotland which administers the fund, commented: "Each of the organisations receiving funding today has the potential to promote social inclusion and cohesion in their communities and across Scotland through sport. They have also each presented a compelling business case for how their plans can help them become financially sustainable, ensuring this fund can leave a legacy of community benefit for years to come."
The full list of organisations that received awards through this round of funding is availabel to read here.