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2013 off to a great start thanks to 2014 communities

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2014 Communities
Release date:
24 1 2013

A full list of grants in your area

It’s that start of another year and people across the country now have plenty of opportunities to get more active thanks to the latest grants announced by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their 2014 Communities programme.

2014 Communities funds projects which can introduce all to a wide range of activities and healthier lifestyles in the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “Today we are announcing grants totalling £209,962 to 119 projects across Scotland.  These cover an impressively wide range of activity such as providing extra coaching to young athletes in South Lanarkshire to encouraging families in Angus to spend more time together, have fun and get active.  And the common factor in all of today’s projects is the way they’ll help greater well-being across Scotland before the 2014 Games and beyond.”

Young athletes in South Lanarkshire will get the chance to develop their skills and compete at a higher level thanks to an award of £1130 to Whitemoss Amateur Athletics Club.  The money means they will be able to train eight volunteers to become coaches, which will offer a higher degree of support to the all the youngsters who attend regular training sessions. 

Club Secretary, Mark Stringer, said “This award will be used to provide education and training opportunities for our dedicated team volunteer coaches, without whom we would not be able to offer local athletes coaching and competition opportunities within the community.  Whitemoss is actively playing its part in creating a sporting legacy that Scotland can be proud of and we are grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their support to us and to club sport across the country.”

Next month the world’s top skiers congregate in Schladming, Austria for the World Ski-ing Championships.  During the winter months Scotland’s ski slopes are busy with people brushing up on their technique or learning the basics.  Trying a new ski-ing skill is something that the Scottish Telemark Club is planning on thanks to an award of £2,000. This newly formed group wants to promote the sport of telemark or free heel ski-ing in Scotland and give people an opportunity to try it out for themselves without having to buy expensive equipment.  The money means they will be able to buy sets of telemark skis, boots and bindings which to allow people to take part in coaching sessions across the country.

An award of £925 to Skye Badminton Association means that people across the island will have the chance to compete against each other in a series of one day badminton competitions.  The group consulted with people across Skye who enjoy playing the sport but are often not able to travel long distances to compete on a regular basis. The money will pay for a series of three competitions which will be exclusively open to players who are currently not part of the league. 

Families in Arbroath will now have the chance to have fun and get fit together thanks to an award of £1951 to The Cafe Project.  The money means the group will be able to buy a range of equipment including junior bikes, a treadmill and trampoline. This means that they can now run a series of exercise and fitness sessions for young children and their families from the group’s centre in the town.

BIG’s 2014 Communities programme aims to build a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games funding projects that encourage people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity or use sport as a way to bring together people from different generations. In total £5.8 million will be invested over the lifetime of the fund, which is recognised as part of the Scottish Government’s Games Legacy plan. 

For more press or media information contact
Lorna McNiven BIG Scotland Press Office 0141 242 1451

For more information about 2014 Communities or the Big Lottery Fund please
Go to our website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland
Call: 0300 123 7110
email: enquiries.scotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or go to our website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

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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.  In year two of the programme, Big Lottery Fund has £1 million to award in grants.  2014 Communities will continue to operate up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, but what we focus our funding on and how we deliver our funding may change based on learning leading up to 2014.
• 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 (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG 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 June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £28 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
• The Scotland Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, has been making Big Lottery Fund decisions on Scottish projects since March 2007. As well as taking devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee has and will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of BIG in Scotland. 
• The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All and 2014 Communities