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2014 Lottery funding helps Scottish community groups get active

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2014 Communities
Release date:
22 8 2013

People across Scotland will have even more chances to get fit, whatever the late summer weather may bring, thanks to the latest grants announced by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their 2014 Communities programme.

Scots of all ages will be introduced to a wide range of activities and will be able to enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle as 39 grants worth £66,231 are made to a wide range of local sporting projects from the Hebridean island of Tiree to Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee Chair, Maureen McGinn, said, “Over the last five years our 2014 Communities programme has proved that, no matter what age you are, it’s never too late to join in through sport and physical activity. The projects we are supporting today across the country will help to bring greater wellbeing across Scotland in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

People on the island of Tiree will get the chance to have swimming lessons thanks to an award of £1,488 to Tiree Windsurfing Club. The island doesn’t have a swimming pool and the club hope that the coaching will make islanders more confident to swim in open water. The money means they can pay for two coaches from the Amateur Swimming Association to travel to the island to provide lessons to children and adults alike. The coaching will take place in Loch Bhasapol over a five day period and wetsuits will be provided

Based in St Andrews, Options in Life offer recreational activities for people with disabilities.  Every week they run sessions from sailing to rock climbing and horse riding.  Thanks to an award of £2,000 they will be to introduce cycling for the first time as they will be able to buy an adult easy rider tricycle allowing people who have a range of physical disabilities to take part.

Ten year olds in North Glasgow have a very special chance to join a brand new football team thanks to an award of £1,801 to North Glasgow Villa.  The club want to attract new members and would like to set up a new team for young people born in 2003.  The money means that they will be able to expand the coaching sessions on offer and buy proper equipment as they are currently using poles as for goalposts.

Leith Healthy Hearts provides a range of support for people who have chest, heart and stroke conditions. Thanks to an award of £797 they will be able to provide weekly light exercise sessions for members.  The group will work with registered fitness trainers and qualified medical practitioners to put together the sessions and classes will be widely advertised.

Borders Voluntary Older People’s Services, based in Jedburgh, will be able to organise a series of tea dances for older people in the Scottish Borders thanks to an award of £2,000.  The weekly dances, run by volunteers, will be open to all and participants will be encouraged to take part, have fun and make new friends.

2014 Communities from the Big Lottery Fund is providing National Lottery funding and supporting the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, by encouraging people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity or use sport as a way to bring together people from different generations.

The Big Lottery Fund has pledged up to £9.3 million in National Lottery funds to ensure Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have a positive and lasting impact across the whole country.

These multi-million funds are available through a number of schemes including 2014 Communities, the joint distributor programme Celebrate and the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme.

For more press or media information contact
Lorna McNiven BIG Scotland Press Office 0141 242 1451

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Go to our website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland
Call: 0300 123 7110
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Notes to editors

• 2014 Communities is a micro grants programme, offering local sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, community councils and schools grants of £300 to £2,000 to support and stimulate grass roots involvement in sport and physical activity.  In year two of the programme, Big Lottery Fund has £1 million to award in grants.  2014 Communities will continue to operate up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, but what we focus our funding on and how we deliver our funding may change based on learning leading up to 2014.
• 2014 Communities is about building a legacy of well-being before and beyond the Commonwealth Games. The programme aims to encourage more people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity as well as encourage greater community cohesion in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
• The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £30 billion has now been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
• The Scotland Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, has been making Big Lottery Fund decisions on Scottish projects since March 2007. As well as taking devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee has and will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of The Fund in Scotland. 
• The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All and 2014 Communities