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£150k of National Lottery funding has been won across STV East

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
6 4 2017

Three projects across STV East have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.

Cutting Edge Theatre, Haddington Table Tennis Club and Scottish Disability Sport won the most public votes in The People’s Projects, which saw 95 projects across the UK compete for grants to develop their work further.

The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery which gives the public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding could make a difference in their local area.

The three projects that received the most public votes in STV East are:

Inspire by Cutting Edge Theatre in Dunfermline, which was awarded £48,880 to support young people with learning disabilities to boost their confidence and self-esteem. They will work as workshop assistants and be able to gain a Certificate in Performing Arts. The project will produce a touring play about the challenges of living with Down’s Syndrome, expand classes in schools in Edinburgh, East and West Lothian, and support young people to access theatre productions and backstage tours.

Table Tennis East Lothian by Haddington Table Tennis Club in Haddington, which got a grant of £49,957 to increase participation in table tennis in the local area, including schools, community centres and village halls. The project will provide 68 additional tables across a wide range of venues, along with extra staff and volunteers to coach and co-ordinate activities aimed at schools, over 50s, and community clubs for people of all ages.

Engage - Disability Sport Project by Scottish Disability Sport in Edinburgh, which received £48,810 to support young people and adults with severe and complex disabilities to take part in sports activities with their families. They will deliver five National Disability Sport Engagement Days across Scotland, a residential summer camp and weekly boccia and swimming opportunities. This will reduce social exclusion and support participants to access the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers.

Director for Scotland, Big Lottery Fund, Martin Cawley, said: “We are proud to be supporting this year’s winners in The People’s Projects. They are using National Lottery funding to bring people together and give them the opportunity to build their skills, make new friends and learn from one another. We want to congratulate these great projects and look forward to seeing the positive difference they make to local communities.”

STV's deputy director of channels, Elizabeth Partyka, said: "Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to STV viewers for watching our special programmes and voting for their favourite good cause. The People's Projects is a great opportunity for viewers to support some of Scotland's many fantastic projects and help make an impact on local communities across Scotland."

Films and more information on each of the projects are available at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, The National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

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Notes to Editors:

  • The National Lottery was created in 1994 with the ambition of changing lives across the nation. To date, over 4,400 new millionaires have been created and over £36 billion has been raised for Good Cause projects.
  • Every time you play The National Lottery, you are making a difference, by contributing towards the staggering £30 million raised every week for good causes. Every part of the UK is reached, and over 500,000 projects have been funded, averaging 160 projects per postcode. These projects help to build local communities, power sports teams, save the environment, unleash creative talent, empower the elderly, unlock young potential and help change our nation for the better.
  • The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV 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 are 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
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year we invest over £650 million and award around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand.
  • STV also delivers city TV for Scotland’s largest cities. STV Glasgow launched in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh launched in January 2015.  Both channels are available on Freeview channel 8 and, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and, combined, reach 800,000 viewers each month making them one of the top best watched digital channels in the broadcast area.
  • STV’s existing city TV channels will soon be rebranded and combined with three new licenses for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee under one distinct brand, STV2.