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Hundreds of Scottish communities enjoy a bumper payout from Awards for All

29 February 2012

Across Scotland, 199 groups are today sharing in Lottery funding worth  nearly £1.4M.  Find out where funding has gone in your area

 Awards For All Scotland

Awards for All is the National Lottery’s small grants scheme which gives out grants of between £500 to £10,000 that make a big difference across Scotland. Today the programme is awarding grants totalling £1,397,634 to 199 organisations across the country.

Announcing the latest funding today at Scotland’s annual Third Sector Gathering, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen, 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 in communities across Scotland and wish all of these groups the best of luck for the future. If you want to make a change and think a grant from Awards for All would benefit your local community why not visit our website www.awardsforall.org.uk.”

Thanks to an award of £6,208 to Woodmill High School, children in Dunfermline will be able to organise and take part in their very own Olympic Games later this year.  The school will hold a programme of a variety of sports and activities for Primary 7 children from its eight cluster schools, which will culminate in a four day Olympic event.   As well as becoming more active and being introduced to different sports the project is aimed at helping to make the transition from primary school to high school an easier one. Primary 7 pupils and S1 pupils will go to the sporting activities together so the children can build friendships and learn more about high school.  The money will fund transport to local sporting facilities, facility hire for swimming and athletics competitions, the cost of hiring instructors, hockey goalkeeper’s sets and costumes for the Opening Ceremony.

Older people in Alness and the surrounding area will now be able to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style.  A grant of £4,255 to Kensal Community Centre means they will be able to organise a four events throughout the year which will reflect the time that the Queen ascended to the throne.  A Jubilee Celebration Tea Party will be held this month for 60 local older people and a dance band will provide 1950s music.  In the summer a trip to Balmoral Castle will be organised and, in October, a “Super 60sx50s” dinner will be held when 60 local older people will be invited to a dinner and will be served a typical menu from the 1950s.  They will be asked to come dressed in clothes from the period and will dance to a selection of well known tunes from the time on a record player.  The year’s celebrations will culminate in a Christmas Lunch held in a local hotel. 

For bookworms and the wider community a library is an important local resource to have close to hand.  Lauder is a small town in the Scottish Borders with limited access to public transport and the nearest public library is in Galashiels, 16 miles away.  Eleven years ago volunteers set up a community library and now, thanks to a grant of £5,337 to Lauderdale Library they will be able to move to and refurbish a new, more central location in the town.  The money will cover the costs of new flooring, carpets, lighting, new shelving, display boards and new signs.

A female choir, based in Moray, will now be able buy new uniforms to wear for their inaugural performance at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London later this year.  A grant of £8,850 to Cantare means that the group, who normally perform in black, will be able to source new jackets and camisoles, which will reflect the group’s Moray roots, especially for this very special performance.

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

For further information contact:

Lorna McNiven, Press Team Scotland: 0141 242 1451

Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030                           Textphone:  0845 6021 659

Notes to Editors

  • Awards for All is a joint awards programme set up to help small groups. It involves three Lottery distributors: 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.
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund left Awards for All on 31st March 2009. Details of its small grant schemes are available at www.hlf.org.uk.
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