Community groups have been given the opportunity to take over local projects with £1.6 million of funding from the Scottish Land Fund.
The grants, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will be split between organisations across the country.
It is hoped the cash will help communities become more resilient and sustainable though ownership and management of land and assets.
One of the beneficiaries is North Edinburgh Arts (NEA) group, which has been given £156,000 to buy its current premises in Muirhouse.
It intends to extend and upgrade the building to create more space for additional enterprise units and a larger cafe.
Lesley Hinds, chairwoman of NEA, said: “This new capital project will allow the organisation to flourish, alongside council provision, and bring a first-class facility to Macmillan Square.”
The Blackwood Estate Community Association plans to use its £67,000 grant to take ownership of 65 acres of ancient woodland in South Lanarkshire.
It hopes to safeguard the woodland for future generations, as well as improving access for residents of nearby villages.
Victoria Connick, treasurer and secretary for the group, said: “Our trustees are delighted that the Scottish Land Fund is supporting the purchase of Loch Wood in Blackwood Estate.
“This will bring 65 acres of ancient woodland into community ownership, providing greater public access, a dedicated outdoor learning space and a range of opportunities for further projects, volunteering, training and employment.”
In Dumfries and Galloway, Kirkcolm Community Trust has received £53,000 to buy and reopen the village shop and use it as a community hub.
Ian Morral, a spokesman for the community group, said the trust was delighted to have its application approved.
“This will enable us to develop the building for use as a community hub, facilities that we hope to offer are a large area for functions and meetings, a cafe and shop and local craft display area which will also double up as a smaller meeting area,” he said.
“Following the completion of the purchase it is hoped to initially have the main meeting area available for hire with the other areas to be developed in time.”
Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the grants “will go towards projects that will provide locals with better access to green space, encourage wildlife and support community business”.
She added: “With this funding being awarded during Climate Week, I look forward to these projects seizing the opportunity to help our green recovery.”
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee chairman, said: “Groups from all across Scotland are making a real impact to their communities with a wide range of ambitious projects that deliver tangible benefits to the people who live there, and the Scottish Land Fund is delighted to be able to support them.”
Other grants handed out by the Scottish Land Fund are:
– Applecross Community Company – £151,500
– Applecross Community Company – £137,252
– Ardchattan Centre – £152,000
– Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust – £36,717
– Braemar Community Ltd – £41,025
– Carradale Community Trust – £89,750
– Helensburgh Community Hall – £159,936
– Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group – £117,128
– Inverawe Community Woodlands – £25,762
– Leverhulme Community Hub – £49,167
– North Carrick Community Benefit Company – £25,000
– North Uist Development Company – £19,779
– Pentlands Trust – £33,000
– Rannoch Community Trust – £134,660
– Pairc Trust – £38,500
– Three Kings Cullen Association – £54,111
– Tiree Community Business Ltd – £12,700
– Yetholm Village Shop – £114,000