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National Lottery players give Scottish groups £4 million reasons to celebrate

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Big Lottery Fund yesterday (TUES 13 NOVEMBER) announced a bumper package of grants worth £4.3 million to a wide range of community projects in Scotland. 

A £1 million refurbishment of the popular Kinning Park Complex in Glasgow, a health and wellbeing project for older isolated people in North Ayrshire and respite activities for people and their families affected by Parkinson’s disease across North Lanarkshire are just some of the 17 projects benefiting. See full list of the awards

  • Kinning Park Complex in the south of Glasgow receives £998,530 to refurbish and develop its popular multi-use community centre for local groups, artists and musicians. The award will be used to give the centre a new lease of life, providing studio space for artists, an events and performance space for community groups, a kitchen/café and a garden. 
  • In Stevenson, North Ayrshire, Community Led Action and Support Project will use its £306,199 award to develop its Helping Older People Evolve (HOPE) project supporting older people to maintain their independence through a wide range of services and activities such as befriending, social activities and outings and fitness classes. 
  • People with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions, and their families, are to benefit from an award of £61,030 to Parkinson's Self Help Group (North Lanarkshire). The group will support people to feel better supported to deal with the effects of the illness and the impact it has on their everyday lives through a programme of respite services, therapies and peer support groups. 

Announcing the grants, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, yesterday said: “Every time someone buys a National Lottery ticket it raises vital funds which can help local community groups to change lives. I am delighted that £4.3 million of this funding is today going to projects to create stronger, more connected communities across Scotland. I wish each of these groups every success as they go on to expand their work for the benefit of thousands of people, many of whom are going through a difficult time in their lives.” 

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 0141 242 1458 
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Notes to Editors:

  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 
  • The Big Lottery Fund Scotland is focussed on helping people and communities most in need throughout Scotland through its five-year £250m funding scheme as well as small grants scheme National Lottery Awards for All Scotland. 
  • Since March 2007 Big Lottery Fund Scotland has taken devolved decisions on National Lottery spending, the Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn plays a strategic role in the future direction of the Fund in Scotland. 
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects across the UK that change the lives of millions of people. Every year we fund 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness. 
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £37 billion has been raised and more than 520 grants awarded. 


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