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Latest Lottery grants transforming communities

Two projects across Scotland yesterday (7 JUNE) sharing over £1million to support vulnerable young people across Scotland and also provide work and training opportunities in Moffat, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

Announcing the funding totalling £1,225,555, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:“Today’s awards will improve the lives of many Scots, providing a range of opportunities for people to move forward with their the job prospects and positively engage with the communities in which they live. We are delighted to be funding these projects, which demonstrate BIG’s commitment to making a difference.”

Includem receives £1,000,000 from BIG’s Investing in Communities fund for its Transitional Support Programme, which helps vulnerable young people aged 16-24, who have difficult and chaotic lifestyle and have been involved in the youth criminal justice system, to maintain a positive lifestyle, avoid re-offending and ultimately move towards getting a job. The service operates in Glasgow, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Dundee and West Dunbartonshire.

Includem’s Chief Executive, Angela Morgan, said: “‘Includem is delighted to be awarded continued Lottery funding for our Transitional Support Programme. The programme offers a trusted helping hand for Scotland’s most vulnerable young people at a critical time in their lives when their statutory funded support ends. Support is available 24/7, whether that is at 1am to cope with a crisis or on a Monday morning to attend a college course. This is about sustaining real change and nurturing independence, to give these young people the skills, confidence and aspirations that are essential for a successful transition to adult life.’

Moffat CAN receives £222,555 from BIG’s Investing in Communities fund for the Re. Generate project, which will provide 75 traineeships and volunteer placements in Moffat that will benefit people with mental health issues, those recovering from addictions and young people not in education. The employment opportunities are through a recycling and environmental social enterprise.

Reg Fairbairn, Moffat CAN Recycling Officer, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this funding. The money will enable us to provide much needed training and work experience foryoung people in our area. We are an environmental charity that focuses on recycling but we have long come to realise that people themselves can sometimes be left on the scrap heap.

“With this money we hope to create life changing opportunities for many young people that would otherwise not be given a chance. We're really looking forward to the next three years and excited about working with the BIG Lottery Fund.”

Other grants awarded yesterday:

Craigmillar Literacy Trust
Craigmillar Books for Babies – An Early Literacy Project

Rathbone Training
X-Ceed (Extra Coaching to Engage and Expand Development)

Golspie Recycling and Environmental Action Network (GREAN)
Training and Employment Project

The SHIRLEY Project
Highland Supported Employment

Isle of Luing Community Trust
The Atlantic Islands Centre

For full details of all 7 awards announced today go to

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office 0141 242 1415
Public Enquiries Line: 0870 240 2391
Textphone: 0845 6021 659

Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website:

Notes to Editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 46% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
  • BIG 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 £28 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 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 BIG 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.

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