Over £3.8 million in National Lottery funds is being shared this week by almost 500 groups across Scotland. The windfall means grassroots groups delivering everything from wheelchair football to after-school holiday clubs and drama workshops to hip-hop dance sessions now get the green light to go ahead.
This community based cash boost comes from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland, which awards grants from £500 to £10,000 to community, arts and sports groups on behalf of Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland and sportscotland.
A huge range of groups in Cunninghame South have been awarded funding, from Glencairn Fitness Club to Irvine Meadow Community Club CIC.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, said:
“Awards for All Scotland fund is a fantastic initiative to support the many groups who do such great work in their communities across Scotland and in Cunninghame South. I send my sincerest congratulations to all of the local groups whose dedication has been recognised through these funding awards, and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed.”
Announcing the funding, Martin Cawley, Big Lottery Fund, Director for Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic amount of National Lottery money, nearly £4 million, going to hundreds of groups, run by local people actively working to make their communities better places to live.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland, said: “At sportscotland, we believe in the power of sport and its ability to bring communities together. The almost £4million of National Lottery Awards for All Scotland funding announced today will make a huge difference to local groups and clubs with ambition to provide more and better opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity in the heart of their communities, and right across the country.”
Janet Archer, CEO at Creative Scotland said: “We are delighted to partner again with sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund on National Lottery Awards for All Scotland. These vital awards from the National Lottery will increase access to the arts in communities across Scotland, improving quality of life and stimulating imagination and confidence through creative experiences.”
Applications are received on a rolling basis and can be received at any time. To find out what National Lottery Awards for All Scotland could do for your community visit the website or phone 0300 123 7110.
All Cunninghame South groups awarded funding
Glencairn Fitness Club has recently received a £10,000 Awards for All Scotland grant from SportScotland. This group operate a community gym and will use the funding for additional cardio equipment.
Irvine Magnum Badminton Club has recently received a £4,000 Awards for All Scotland grant from SportScotland. This group will use the funding to provide badminton coaching to five Primary schools in North Ayrshire.
Whitehirst Park Primary School has recently received a £10,000 Awards for All Scotland grant from Big Lottery Fund. This school will use the funding to install a range of play equipment in the playground which will be accessible to pupils and other community clubs that use the school premises.
Sporting Pathways Scotland has recently received a £4,827 Awards for All Scotland grant from SportScotland. This group aims to provide young people and children with access to sporting opportunities as well as providing a pathway to competition and further involvement in sports. This project will launch a pilot project in Irvine involving a schools taster programme and a community club launch.
Friends (For Real Issues Environment Nature Disabled Stevens) has recently received a £5,010 Awards for All Scotland grant from Big Lottery Fund. This group will use the funding to run a series of educational activities for school children in a local woodland, and to create educational webpages about the woodland with detailed biodiversity information.
Irvine Meadow Community Club CIC has recently received a £10,000 Awards for All Scotland grant from Big Lottery Fund. This group was set up to oversee community activity and youth teams at Irvine Meadow Football Club in Irvine. They will use the funding to start a Community Soccer Academy in the summer of 2017 and build disabled toilet facilities at the Club.
Towerlands Sports Club has recently received a £9,725 Awards for All Scotland grant from Big Lottery Fund. This funding will be used by the club to upgrade their facilities.
Greenwood Academy has recently received a £10,000 Awards for All Scotland grant from Big Lottery Fund. This group will use the funding to establish an equipment store to allow school pupils to undertake outdoor activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), the John Muir Award and other field studies.