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It’s a million pound Christmas bonus for Scottish communities from Awards for All

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Awards for All Scotland
Release date:
6 12 2012

Across Scotland, nearly 140 groups share in Lottery funding worth over £1m.

Awards for All is the National Lottery’s small grants scheme which gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 that make a big difference across Scotland. Today the programme is awarding grants totalling £1,038,652 to 138 organisations across the country.

A grant of £3,000 to Wishaw District Ex Services Club Senior Citizen Section means that Christmas comes early for ex-servicemen in the area.  Many of the veterans don’t have the chance to go to many social events during the year and the award means they will be able to organise a Christmas dinner dance and begin their Festive celebrations together.

The Ayrshire town of Dalmellington will be lit up in style in time for Christmas after an award of £8,500 to Dalmellington Community Council. The Christmas lights are displayed in the town centre every December but last year the old lights failed and weren’t able to be repaired before the big day. Now the group will be able to buy new LED lights, which use less electricity and are more environmentally friendly.

Better broadband is on the way for a tiny community on Shetland thanks to an award of £9,973 to West Burrafirth Community Broadband Group. Now the group will be able to buy and install the equipment required for a faster internet connection. It’s a great result for the 26 residents, from the nine households in the area, who have been campaigning with mainstream providers for the past few years with no success because of their remote location and the costs involved. 

A thirty mile round trip is a long way to go for a quick trip to the cinema and, often, not an easy prospect for the elderly or families struggling to make ends meet.  Now people in Helensburgh won’t have far to travel as they’ll be able to see screenings of films, old and new in the town, thanks to an award of £10,000 to Friends of the Victoria Hall. The group will buy a projector and set up a community film club which will meet in the hall every week. The money will also allow them to train local volunteers to help run the club.

Communities and different generations will be brought together in Wishaw thanks to a grant of £9,993 to MADE4U in ML2. The group will use the money to set up a wide range of activities for older and younger people in the town. There will be activities on offer to suit all groups, from lunch clubs and bingo nights for the over 50s and band nights and a football group for local teenagers.

An Awards for All spokesman, said: “All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All.  We are always surprised at the difference a relatively small amount of money can make in communities across Scotland.  We wish all of these groups the best for the festive season and the future.” 

Awards for All is the small grants scheme supported by three of the National Lottery good cause distributors in Scotland: Creative Scotland, the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland. The scheme makes awards of between £500 and £10,000 to grass-roots community groups and voluntary organisations. 

A full list of awards annouced today.

Further Information
For further information contact:
Frances Chisholm, Press Team Scotland: 0141 242 1458
Public Enquiries Line: 0300 123 7110                         
Textphone:  0845 6021 659

Notes to Editors
• Awards for All is a joint awards programme set up to help small groups. It involves three Lottery distributors: the Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland and sportscotland.
• Awards for All makes grants to help people take part in arts, sport, social, environmental, health related, educational and other community activities.
• The Heritage Lottery Fund left Awards for All on 31st March 2009. Details of its small grant schemes are available at www.hlf.org.uk.