BUCCLEUCH House, a former resource centre in the heart of Newcastleton, will be transformed into a vibrant digital learning hub and bunkhouse as part of a package of grants announced by the National Lottery Community Fund.
The award of £129,812 means that the Newcastleton District and Community Trust (NDCT) has been given the green light to create the new hub.
It will become a focal point for learning opportunities and be a pilot for Borders College Hub and Spoke outreach programme.
Barbara Elborn, trust secretary, said: “This award allows us to press the ‘go’ button on the development works.
“We can’t wait to get started transforming a neglected but beloved old building into a much-needed, state-of-the-art outreach learning hub and retail and office space, sustained by a 14-bed bunkhouse capitalising on the growing walking and cycling market.
“This is a project of significant size for the village, making a massive difference to the community and its businesses which will all benefit from this investment.”
Neil Ritch, the fund’s Scotland director, announced funding of a number of projects in Scotland.
He said: “These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, recognise the incredible work happening in Scotland to create stronger, more connected communities.
“I’m delighted that some of this funding will be used to transform existing buildings into vibrant community hubs which will carry on the strong community spirit which has been so evident in recent times.
“National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise by buying tickets is continuing to make such a difference.”
National Lottery players raise £30m every week for good causes in the UK.