A Lasting Legacy
By John Fellows
BIG Scotland Head of Communications and Marketing
As the countdown begins for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October, preparations are already well underway in Scotland for the 2014 Games in Glasgow. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Scotland, and so the BIG Lottery Fund is playing its part in developing a lasting legacy for the Games with 2014 Communities, a micro grants programme for grassroots sport and community organisations which encourages people to take part in physical activity and volunteering. The programme is designed to enable all of Scotland’s diverse communities to take part in a wide range of activities, whether it’s encouraging more young people to play shinty or older people to take up tai chi, we can fund something for everyone.
Our aim is to create a national legacy around the games by investing in projects which are designed to help people to get out of their house and develop a healthy lifestyle. So far 436 groups have landed grants of up to £1,000, and today we’re announcing a new round of grants This is 2014 Communities’ biggest announcement to date, with 125 groups sharing in more than £118,000.
Looking through the successful applicants it’s fantastic to see what a relatively small amount of money can enable groups to do: today’s farthest flung group, Disability Shetland, will be offering trampoline sessions to kids with additional needs while in Dumfries and Galloway, volunteers at Dalbeattie High School will be trained in sports leadership before using their skills to coach primary pupils. It’s through these small steps that we can allow groups to try new things and benefit their local communities and that’s exactly why we created this programme in the first place. At the moment we’re reviewing 2014 Communities but we are already committed to retaining and expanding what we are doing for the next four years and look forward to seeing the programme evolve to meet needs in the years ahead.