With assistance from the Scottish Land Fund and HIE, Carloway Community Association took ownership of the former Carloway School in May 2017. The entire site, including the Community Hall, is now in community ownership.
CCA has ambitious plans to undertake a £1 million redevelopment of the former school buildings and the existing community centre to provide much needed community facilities.
The plans include a Community Shop, a commercial Community Kitchen adjacent to a refurbished Community Hall, new office/meeting space and a dedicated space for Commun Eachdraidh Chàrlabhaigh. All the elements of the project have been identified as priorities by the community in a series of consultations and are supported by a comprehensive business plan.
We have secured just over £864,000 towards the costs of the redevelopment, including over £15,000 raised by the Community which is ring-fenced as part of our own contribution to the project.
The final push is on for the remainder of the money and as well as seeking funds from external grant awarding bodies we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign early in 2021.