Groups across South Ayrshire bidding to take control of local authority owned buildings for community use are being invited to apply to a newly launched grants programme. South Ayrshire Council has approved plans for a Communities Hall Fund which is now open for business.
The fund will be used to pay for repair works to help bring buildings up to an acceptable standard ahead of transfer from Council ownership, with eligible areas including general maintenance and the replacement of heating systems.
One of the basic requirements for successful applications will be a solid business case which sets out long-term plans to run assets as sustainable facilities for the use of local communities. To help with this process a template business plan will be made available to community groups to act as a starting point to make their case.
While the fund is focused on transferring ownership from the Council to communities, there may also be circumstances where a lease with a view to eventual ownership will be considered.
Councillor Robin Reid, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said the development would help put power in the hands of the people, "We're committed to work with local groups to help, where possible, to support plans to see properties owned and managed at a local level by the communities who use them.
"The Council has a track record of supporting community asset transfers with previous examples including the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, something that we're now looking to build on.
"This new fund will give community groups the peace of mind that their local centre will be handed over in good general repair, providing a solid foundation to build for future success."
For more details please contact Tom Burns: Tom.Burns@south-ayrshire.gov.uk