Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil has welcomed the announcement that three island projects have been successful in applying for a combined total of £596,094 worth of funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Scotland grantprogramme.


MP Angus MacNeil said:

“I am delighted to see that Back Football and Recreation Club, Barra Children’s Centre and Breasclete Community Association have been successful in their funding application.

“The Big Lottery Fund is providing an important range of funds that are supporting community projects across the islands.

“The efforts made by community groups to develop projects that can access this funding is great example of the importance of these groups and everyone involved deserve every credit and I wish them continued success as they progress their community projects.

Details of the successful applications are listed below:

  • Back Football and Recreation Club has been successful in applying to Big Lottery Fund for a £193,750Community Spaces Scotland grant.

This two year project will provide a synthetic pitch and indoor equipment that will complete the final stage of the recently built all weather arena. This equipment will increase the use of ball sports all year round and free up other parts of the recreational facility for use by other sports or activities. The improvements will enable everyone in the Isle of Lewis to increase their use of this facility and adopt a more active lifestyle protected from adverse weather.

  • Barra Children’s Centre has been successful in applying to Big Lottery Fund for a £176,799Community Spaces Scotland grant.

This one-year project will provide an extension of the Barra Children Centre to allow more space to be available for nursery classes, community activity and community health services. Beneficiaries will be children who attend English and Gaelic classes at Castlebay Nursery school, those who get music tuition from Fèis Bharraigh, people who use the extension for activities such as Chair Yoga or Tai Chi and residents who will now have a suitable space for health services such as ante-natal care.

  • Breasclete Community Association has been successful in applying to Big Lottery Fund for a £225,545 Community Spaces Scotland grant.

This project will develop a play park and eco-garden on a disused plot of ground beside Breasclete community campus, which houses the local nursery, primary school, and community centre.  The project will make the play area and the educational benefits of the eco garden central to the life of the community. Plans include a shelter for older children and a fenced area next to the nursery school where very small children can be supervised.