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Scottish Community Groups Receive Over £500,000 in Lottery Funds

Scottish Community Groups Receive Over £500,000 in Lottery Funds
Updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016

Awards for All Scotland, which is an awards programme run by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with sportscotland, has recently announced that it has approved grants for 73 different projects, and that the total value of those grants is £506,996. All of the projects concerned are being run by community groups, and the size of grants awarded to each ranges from £500 to £10,000.

One of the projects which has been awarded the largest possible grant is Real Food, Real Folk, which will be staging a ‘Let’s Eat Glasgow’ food festival in September. The aim of the one-day festival will be to promote healthy eating habits and, at the same time, to put the spotlight on local foods.

‘We came together to create our not for profit co-operative, Real Folk, because we wanted to be part of the growing movement of chefs across the world who are leaving the comfort of their kitchen to work with grassroots organisations, helping improve access to good food,’ said Colin Clydesdale, who is Chair of the project.

He continued: ‘We knew we couldn’t shout about the great food we have in Glasgow and across the West of Scotland without trying to do something to help address the very real food inequality across our town. “Let’s Eat Glasgow” is free to enter and gives everyone access to good food, cooked by great chefs at accessible prices and also access to fantastic local producers.

‘All profits raised will go towards our work addressing food inequality across the city and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the help from Awards for All Scotland.’

Other projects that have received funding from Awards for All Scotland include one that will train young people in West Lothian who want to work in the hospitality industry, and another that will upgrade a community café in Dumfries and Galloway.

A spokesperson for Awards for All Scotland said that the £596,996 of funding that has been announced, ‘will help communities across the country to set up and develop a wide spectrum of projects run for and by local people. What is clear is the smallest amount of funding can often make the biggest difference to people’s lives. All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All Scotland for people of all ages.’

The range of good causes that are supported by lottery players in the UK is quite staggering, and includes everything from funding Team GB athletes and restoring valuable heritage sites to – as in this case – helping communities to thrive. Around £36 million is raised each week by lottery participants for such causes, and players also get the chance to win plenty of cash from the games themselves. 

To illustrate that latter point, tonight’s midweek Lotto game will offer a double-rollover jackpot worth an estimated £7.6 million, so good luck to those of you who choose to get involved and remember to let us know if your lottery-winning dream comes true!

Published: Wednesday 24th August 2016

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