New Centre just around the corner, literally!
A loud cheer would have been heard across Kinghorn Loch and the local community as the news broke that our Big Lottery funding application had been successful. An award of £920,000 ensures that our new Centre on the east side of Kinghorn Loch will be a fantastic facility that will continue to serve the local community and allow us to build on what has been achieved over the past 15 years.
Securing this funding means that work can begin on the main building early in the New Year, and if all goes to plan, we should be moving in by early summer. In addition to building costs, the funding pot, along with an additional grant received from the Robertson Trust, will be used to run an improved facility that will meet the needs of the local community on many levels. We will provide employment training opportunities for young people; run volunteer programmes that will improve health and wellbeing and address issues within our society around isolation, loneliness and exclusion. Of course our passion for the environment will continue to be at the heart of our organisation and we will work towards better access to and understanding of the natural environment through our environmental education programme, as well as develop the grounds around the site for the benefit of the local community and improve the biodiversity of the east end of the loch.
Our General Manager, Julie Samuel, had this to say "We are absolutely ecstatic to have been awarded this grant. At one point it looked like we were going to have to relocate to a site 10 miles away which would have meant working with a whole new community. This grant enables us to involve the people and volunteers who are a huge part of the Centre already and have helped it to become what it is today”.
We would not have been able to secure this substantial funding without the fantastic level of support received from the local community in the form of letters written, surveys completed and events attended. We also received invaluable help and advice from a wide range of individuals and organisation and would like to say a huge thank you to all involved.