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Over £2m for Scottish communities thanks to Awards for All

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Awards for All Scotland
Release date:
7 2 2013

Across Scotland, nearly 300 groups share in Lottery funding worth over £2m. Find out where funding has gone in your area

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 £2,018,257 to 294 groups across the country.

Young people in Midlothian will get the chance to get the vital work experience they need to help find a job thanks to an award of £9993 to Loanhead Community Learning Association.  The money means the group will be able to offer young people aged between 16 and 24 years a place on a twelve week course in hard landscaping.  Places will be given to young people who are referred to the project through local schools and JobCentre Plus.

An award of £5600 to Irvine Valley Children’s Choir means they can buy the musical instruments and equipment they need to perform at more local groups and events.  The choir currently has around 25 members aged between seven and 14 and is looking for more members.  The group will also use the money to hire a local hall for practice sessions and to pay for transport costs to competitions and events.

Based in Glasgow’s East End, Geeza Break will be able to buy a range of kitchen equipment they need to run a series of weekly cookery classes for local families.  The sessions have been specially requested and, over the course of six weeks, parents will learn all about food preparation, kitchen hygiene and healthy eating. Thanks to the grant of £3444 the group will also be able to run weekly life skills classes from their new premises in Parkhead.

Thanks to an award of £3982, Transition Black Isle will be able to stage the first ever Black Isle Bike Festival later this year.  The group want to raise the sport’s profile in the area and encourage more local youngsters to take up cycling.  The event will be held in the Black Isle Leisure Centre and will tie in with the group’s ongoing “Million Miles” campaign to reduce car travel in the local area.

Libraries aren’t just places you go to borrow books or DVDs any more as parents and children in the west of Edinburgh will testify. For the last four years Gorgie Dalry Toy Library has been hiring out toys to local parents who may not otherwise be able to afford to keep providing new toys and play equipment for their children. An award of £1486 means they will be able to replace.

some of their current stock and buy a variety of new toys and will also mean they don’t need to increase the annual membership fee of £5.

An Awards for All spokesperson, said: “There’s a fantastic range of projects being awarded funding this time around and it’s always surprising to see how diverse the applications can be. It’s easy to see what difference Awards for All can make to communities the length and breadth of Scotland. This latest batch of grants showcases the range of applications we get, all of which are putting something back into their communities.”

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.

For further information contact:
Lorna McNiven, Press Team Scotland:
0141 242 1451
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