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The Big Lottery Fund has commissioned a two-phased evaluation of the Growing Community Assets (GCA) investment area in Scotland. GCA is about giving local communities ownership of assets - such as land, buildings or equipment - to improve, develop and protect these assets. This second report considers key factors for success in establishing and sustaining community ownership, as well as progress towards outcomes FINDINGS The research demonstrates that investment from the Growing Community Assets programme has helped Scottish communities equip themselves with greater self confidence and increased autonomy, and has allowed communities to develop services to meet the changing needs of people in their local area. The research also indicates that community owned buildings or equipment are valued by communities themselves, leading to a decrease in vandalism and other related anti-social behaviour. On top of this, communities have used Lottery funding to create new jobs and locally based businesses at a time when many communities are facing challenges in this area.
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