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Awards for All Scotland
Release date:
28 2 2017

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Across Scotland, £3/4 million of National Lottery funding is today (TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY) being shared between 103 community, arts and sports groups. Find out where funding has gone in your area by going to: see list of awards

Awards for All is the National Lottery’s small grants programme making a big difference in communities up and down the country.

In Glasgow, The Hidden Gardens Trust receives an award of £9,013 to run a series of “Wee Happening” events for families from all cultures and faiths to come together.

Natalie Davidson, Community and Creative Programme Manager, said, ”Wee Happenings are events designed for families with children under five years that aim to bring families together in our beautiful and inspiring greenspace. Working with some of Scotland’s best artists we provide creative activities that inspire, engage and educate. Funding from Awards for All will allow us to prepare and promote a programme of exciting activities across all four seasons of the year here at The Hidden Gardens. To find out more, families should visit our website, www.thehiddengardens.org.uk, and sign up to our mailing list.”

Ecas Limited will continue to run a programme of swimming lessons for people with disabilities in Edinburgh, thanks to an award of £4,210. The group rents a local pool in the city for six hours every week and have specially a qualified tutor and lifeguard on hand to supervise the sessions.

Neil Russell, Swimming Group Leader, said, “People with severe mobility impairments often find they can exercise in water much more than on land. There’s also a social element to the swimming, which can be the person’s only weekly outing in some cases.

“Opportunities for swimming can be extremely limited though due to their specific needs, particularly in terms of the appropriate changing facilities, specialist equipment such as hoists and beds and having to have higher than normal water temperatures. The funding from Awards for All will help us continue to make a huge difference to the lives of physically disabled adults by improving their health and wellbeing as well as giving them a sense of achievement.”

In the Scottish Borders, people living in Duns will make their town a more colourful place to live thanks to an award of £7,150 to A Heart for Duns. Groups of volunteers, old and young, will come together to help maintain flower beds and displays throughout the town.

Derek James, Convenor, said, “This award will make all the difference to our work allowing us to involve far more people in active gardening. The new poly-tunnel will allow us to grow our own plants and offer a safe working environment for people who may not feel comfortable working outside.”

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 and these awards clearly show how National Lottery money is helping to change lives across Scotland’s communities.”

Applications are received on a rolling basis and can be received at any time. Groups can download a form here www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland

Big Lottery Fund Press contact: Lorna McNiven Scotland press office 0141 242 1451
Website:   www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Twitter:    #bigscotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFundScotland

Notes to Editors:

  • Awards for All is a joint awards programme from 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.
  • Awards for All welcomes applications and focuses on funding smaller organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250k (except for schools).
  • Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland