Trust receives school site funding boost

Trust receives school site funding boost

Tomintoul community owned affordable housing project secures funding

Members of the Tomintoul and Glenlivet community in the Cairngorms National Park are celebrating today after receiving a £183,800 grant towards the costs of developing affordable housing on the site of the former secondary school in Tomintoul. Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust a community owned regeneration company secured the funding from the Scottish Land Fund after demonstrating demand and need for affordable housing which will be rented and sold at affordable prices.

The trust has also secured funding from Community and Renewable Energy Scotland to commission a review of renewable energy options for the proposed development in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of the development.

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust are working with Community Housing Scotland to develop a project that is sensitive to the local vernacular and meets the needs of our community now and in the future.

Tilly Smith vice chair of Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust said We are delighted that Scottish Land Fund have awarded TGDT £183k to buy the site of the former secondary school in Tomintoul and develop it into community owned affordable housing. The grant is the culmination of 12 months hard work by TGDT and its partners and recognises the strong support shown for the project. The award will allow our community to realise our vision for a sustainable, vibrant and resilient community as set out in our community development plan.

During a visit to Dunshalt Community Shop and Post Office in Fife, which, following a two-year closure, re-opened in 2018 thanks to a £97,500 grant from the Scottish Land Fund,

Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “The Dunshalt Community shop is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when communities are supported in their plans and ambitions.

“The Scottish Land Fund continues to support a wide range of projects and these most recent awards  – from woodlands to shops and from community centres to housing – demonstrating the quality and variety of community projects right across Scotland.

“The Scottish Government will continue to support and encourage communities, both urban and rural, to realise their ambitions and take control of their own futures and I look forward to community ownership continuing to grow and prosper in the years to come.”

John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair said: “From supporting community centres in towns and villages to giving funding to projects that turn woodland into places of recreation and employment, the Scottish Land Fund is strengthening both rural and urban communities right across the country,

Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said: “Today’s successful projects are all great examples of people taking control of local resources for the long-term benefit of their communities. We wish all the successful groups the very best in their new ventures.”