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New projects being funded by BIG

30 March 2009

Lots of wonderful projects are being announced by the Big Lottery Fund today and have already got me Twittering.

In Scotland the first 78 grassroots grants from our 2014 Communities programme have been awarded.  We are investing money across the whole of Scotland in order to create a nationwide legacy. Nearly 30 per cent of the awards are to people who have never applied to us for Lottery funding before.  We want to help promote participation in sport and in volunteering.

As our Scotland Chair Alison Magee says, we will continue to look for new applicants and make more money available as we play our part in helping to create a lasting difference in communities across Scotland.

In England 55 villages are celebrating news that they have secured a share of £19 million from our Community Buildings programme. This programme, which is now closed for applications, is dedicated to investing in buildings that give communities a chance to improve their quality of life and meet local needs, by offering a range of activities and services open to a broad range of people.

A particular favourite is is a remote Teesdale farming community located in one of the most sparsely populated areas of England. The ‘Strengthening Community Life in Lunedale’ project will breathe new life into the isolated parish’s Carlbeck Centre. The £152,094 grant will help transform the former schoolhouse building, located 11 miles outside of Barnard Castle, into an attractive and functional hub meeting the needs of local people.

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