An analysis of the awards from the first round of the Big Lottery's Growing Community Assets (GCA1 projects), from 2006/09, shows an estimated 36,000 people across Scotland are now using the services and facilities assisted.
Crucially 337 full-time jobs and 301 part-time jobs are calculated to have been created or safeguarded, while 143 businesses have been accommodated and 15 new businesses started.
Big Lottery Fund Scotland director Jackie Killeen said: "Community ownership of assets is undeniably an extremely powerful way of communities coming together to work for their future development and prosperity. It can be a long, hard, frustrating, taxing and time-consuming process, but also a rewarding and satisfying one."
In 1996 a £2.25m award allowed the 93,900 acres of the South Uist Estates to proceed heralding Scotland's largest community buyout.
In 2009 a project to buy and develop the Lambhill Stables complex to create a purpose built community/environmental facility to help communities in north Glasgow, received £384,279.