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Scottish communities land a share of a bumper round of Lottery awards

26 May 2011

Awards For All (Scotland)Over 300 Scottish groups are today sharing in Lottery funding worth over £2m. You can take a look at the full list of awards here

From giving advice to people coping with the misery of living with an allergy to providing a handyman service to those who live in remote parts of Orkney there’s something for everyone in the latest Lottery funding from Awards for All

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 to Scotland’s communities. Today the programme is awarding grants totalling £2,070,570 to 301 organisations across the country.

At some point in their lives, a staggering one in three people in the UK are affected by an allergic reaction.  One of the most common allergens is pollen from trees and grasses which can cause weeks of misery for thousands up and down the country, particularly at this time of year. Thanks to a grant awarded today of £9,970 the British Allergy Foundation will establish a volunteer advisors programme to support people living with allergies in Scotland.  The organisation will particularly focus on those in the Brechin and Angus areas and local volunteers will receive training so they can provide advice via telephone as well as online.  Public awareness events and support group meetings will be organised and the volunteers will be trained to act as advocates for people who have allergies.

Orkney Care and Repair Trust carries out a wide range of home improvements and independent advice for older people, people with disabilities or those on low incomes.  A grant of £10,000 will enable the organisation to buy a van which will then be fitted out as a mobile workshop.  This means that they will be able to offer the same service to those who live in more remote areas on the island.

Thanks to an award to £2,515 the residents of Whithorn in Wigtownshire will be able to spruce up their village and make final preparations for the Beautiful Scotland Competition later this summer.  Judging takes place in July and August and awards in the 11 categories are presented in September. The Whithorn Evergreens will be able to buy horticultural and gardening equipment such as a hay cart, tubs, baskets compost and plants.

Founded ninety years ago, the Royal British Legion Scotland now has almost two hundred branches across the country.  The Legion works to educate the public about the conflicts that veterans have fought in as well as raising awareness that ex-service personnel of different generations still require support and help.  The Fort William Branch of the Royal British Legion will use their award of £1,486 to buy a mini marquee which will raise the profile of the group at the many public events they attend each year.

Western Titans BMX Club offers classes and racing opportunities for children and adults alike.  The club is managed by a group of parents who started racing BMX in the eighties and now a new generation has taken up the mantle as their children compete in the younger racing classes.  The group will use the grant of £10,000 to update their Clydebank racing track to meet current competition standards.

Awards for All is the small grants scheme supported by three of the National Lottery 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.

An Awards for All spokesman said: “It’s easy to see what difference Awards for All can make to communities the length and breadth of Scotland, from Orkney to Wigtownshire. The programme exists to help groups do things they would otherwise be unable to do, and for relatively small amounts of money. This latest batch of grants showcases the range of applications we get, all of which are putting something back into their communities.”

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