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£128,000 of National Lottery funding has been won after a public vote across STV North

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Area:
Scotland
Programme:
The Peoples Projects
Release date:
3 5 2018

Three community groups across STV North have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to make an extraordinary difference to their local communities.

Front Lounge, Music 4 U and Caithness KLICS Young Carers, won the most public votes in The People’s Projects, which saw five community groups within the region compete for a slice of £150,000. This new funding will help them to continue their work to bring people together, build stronger communities and make a difference to people’s lives.

For 13 years, the Big Lottery Fund, STV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the public a chance to decide where National Lottery money should go in their local area. The Big Lottery Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK.
Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community groups across the UK were shortlisted, with five groups going head to head in each region. The entire amount that was for grabs across the UK was a life-changing £3 million.

The Kindred Clothing project by Front Lounge, in Dundee which received £34,488. This community group hope to use the funds to set up a DIY fashion group for young and vulnerable parents in Dundee. They will run a series of skill based workshops, based on fashion and textile design and parents will have the chance to work towards accredited training qualifications to help future employment prospects.

The Music 4 Communities project by Music 4 U in Aberdeen, which was awarded £46,465 to help young people develop and stage a “Music from Yesteryear” production for older people in residential homes, respite and day centres. This inclusive stage school which provides a range of artistic opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 25 years of age will also provide a programme of tutoring sessions at Aberdeen Art Centre to encourage intergenerational bonding.

Caithness KLICs Young Carers project by Caithness KLICs Young Carers based in Wick, which got a grant of £47,178 to provide a range of vital support to young carers aged between five and 18 years of age, helping to bring a bit of their childhood back. The group will buy a mini bus to help them provide better support to those young carers who live in more rural and isolated areas.

Martin Cawley, Director for Scotland, Big Lottery Fund said: “The People’s Projects highlights the incredible things people and communities are doing across the UK. From rural villages to towns and cities, local people are working together to help each other lead happier and healthier lives. We’re really excited to see this year’s winners using National Lottery funding to take their projects further, bringing more people together to make a life changing difference in their local area.”

Gerry Cassidy, Senior Producer at STV2, said: “Congratulations to the winners and a big 'thank you' to STV2 viewers for tuning in to Live at Five and voting for their favourite good cause. I got the opportunity to meet and interview the shortlisted groups, who all do incredible work in their own areas. The People's Projects is a great opportunity for STV2 viewers to support some of Scotland's many fantastic projects and help make an impact on local communities.”

Since 2005, around £42 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 960 Good Causes across the UK.

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About the Big Lottery Fund and The People’s Projects

  • National Lottery players have raised more than £37 billion for good causes across in the UK in the form of 525,000 grants since 1994.
  • Each week, The National Lottery generates, on average, £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £37 billion has now been raised and more than 525,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century. The National Lottery has so far given away over £65 billion in prizes and created more than 4,750 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
  • For further information on The National Lottery and its games, please visit: www.national-lottery.co.uk
  • Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.
  • The People’s Projects is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and the National Lottery which gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community.
  • The competition funds projects that improve the lives of people and communities across the UK.
  • This year 57 awards of up to £50,000 were up for grabs across the UK – three awards in each ITV region.
  • For more information on shortlisted groups and voting visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
  • Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.
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