Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has welcomed the allocation of £269,813 to two organisations in the Stirling Constituency from the Scottish Land fund.


East Loch Lomond Community Trust received a £159,600 award.
This group will purchase land to develop four community owned homes as part of a wider development of twenty. The facilities will be managed by Rural Stirling Housing Association and will contribute to the local economy by providing key worker housing and stabilising local businesses.


Killin and Ardeonaig Community Development Trust received a £110,213 award.
This group based in Stirling will purchase a local newsagent and gift shop in the main retail area in Killin and lease it to a local social enterprise to deliver community services including newsagent, post office, grocers, information and advice services.


The Scottish Land Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“This is excellent news for these two fantastic organisations. Both the development of community owned homes by the East Loch Lomond Community Trust, and the purchase of the local shop by the Killin and Ardeonaig Community Development Trust will further the aims and the ambitions of these communities.


“I have submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament, which has already gathered support from MSP colleagues, welcoming this funding announcement – and I look forward to hearing about the benefit this will bring to these local communities.”