Carrick Futures has awarded South Carrick Community Leisure £250,000 over a three year period towards the creation of a new leisure and community facility in Girvan.
In July of this year, South Ayrshire Council announced £4M of capital funding towards the overall cost of £5M. This award from Carrick Futures, which receives funds from ScottishPower Renewables' Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms, provides a major step forward for South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) in their quest to raise the remaining million pounds.
Scheduled to open in 2016 the new facility will include a 25 metre pool, a two storey soft play area, gym, and flexible multi–purpose studio which can be used for arts and culture and community events and a coffee area.
Andrew Sinclair, Chair of the Board of SCCL, said: "What fantastic news and a massive milestone for our community fundraising efforts, so our thanks to Carrick Futures! While we work with Carrick Futures to finalise the conditions of the award, this is the first significant success we've had in our ongoing work to raise the outstanding £1 million capital costs required to deliver this exciting project and hopefully it's the start of even more to come. We're still waiting to hear back on three other major funding applications from the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund, sportscotland and the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, and it's great the ball is now rolling to deliver on the community contribution, which will be added to the £4 million committed by the Council.
"The Carrick Futures funding will bring the new leisure and community facility even closer, which is what matters to our communities, and we will continue to do everything in our power to keep the momentum and progress we've made over the last few months going. We're well on our way to delivering on our commitment to the people of Girvan and South Carrick and, if we keep this going, we're sure to see work get underway in the near future."
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, added:"The new leisure and community facility has always been a partnership project and I'm delighted our partners are now starting to see the fruits of their many labours to raise the outstanding capital costs required to add to the Council's contribution of £4 million. This announcement highlights just how much progress has been made over the last few months and takes us another step closer to turning our plans into something real and tangible that can be enjoyed by our communities.
"Our thanks to Carrick Futures for recognising what this wonderful facility will bring to local people and having the confidence to make such a meaningful funding award. Like Andrew, I'm sure this is just the beginning and I look forward to equally positive news from our other potential funders so that we can have the new facility up and running in the next couple of years."
Foundation Scotland administers the funds Carrick Futures receives from ScottishPower Renewables' Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms for the benefit of Carrick communities.
Other beneficiaries from the latest round of awards include £1703 to Maybole Bowling club towards the costs of replacing a pump and irrigation system; £8,116 to Glendoune Community Association to support the association's community led healthy and active initiative and £12,000 over the next 3 years to Invergarven School Parent Council to continue the school's work with the Adventure Centre for Education.