- 2014 Communities
- Release date:
- 2 10 2014
Full list of 2014 Communities awards available here
Hundreds of Scots, young and old, will be enjoying a range of new sports and physical, activities, thanks to grants announced today (THURS 2 OCTOBER) by the Big Lottery Fund. From flamenco dance classes for disabled people through to sport and outdoor adventure activities for young carers, 108 groups are sharing in £191,743 from the 2014 Communities fund.
Announcing today’s awards, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “Carrying on from our fantastic summer of sport today’s 2014 Communities awards show that people across Scotland are still enjoying and reaping the benefits of sport and physical exercise. Many of today’s funded projects are encouraging people with physical and learning disabilities to try new activities that they might never have thought possible while many more are introducing children and young people to a range of sports for the first time. Together these local projects will ensure that Scotland’s sporting legacy continues across the length and breadth of the country.”
Disabled people in Edinburgh will have the opportunity to try Flamenco dancing, thanks to an award of £1,992 to Hispanic Arts Scotland. Working with Capability Scotland and Lung Ha Theatre Company, the group will coordinate creative Hispanic dance sessions for adults aged between 18 and 65 with physical, sensory and associated learning disabilities. The project will culminate in a public dance performance and will be filmed for a worldwide Youtube audience.
Young carers in Glasgow are set to enjoy a range of physical activities including netball, karate, badminton, basketball, yoga and athletics, thanks to an award of £1,396 to the Glasgow Association for Mental Health. To boost confidence the project will also take the young people to an outdoor adventure centre where they will learn new skills such as teamwork and leadership while keeping fit and active.
In Aberdeen, the Grampian Flyers Basketball Club will be able to introduce more girls to the sport, thanks to an award of £1,993. The grant will help to pay for new equipment, strips and hall hire that will enable the club to create two news girls teams, for those under 16 and under 18.
2014 Communities from the Big Lottery Fund is providing National Lottery funding and supporting the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, by encouraging people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity or use sport as a way to bring together people from different generations.
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Notes to editors
- 2014 Communities is a micro grants programme, offering local sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, community councils and schools grants of £300 to £2,000 to support and stimulate grass roots involvement in sport and physical activity.
- 2014 Communities is about building a legacy of well-being before and beyond the Commonwealth Games. The programme aims to encourage more people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity as well as encourage greater community cohesion in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
- The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6bn.
In the year ending 31 March 2013, 28% of total National Lottery revenue was returned to the Good Causes. Since the
The Big Lottery Fund has already pledged up to £11 million in National Lottery funds to ensure Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have a positive and lasting impact across the whole country.