Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has welcomed the news that Milngavie Badminton Club, Balmore Golf Club and Tir Conaill Harps Gaelic Athletic Club have received awards from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme.
The programme supports projects which can introduce everyone to a wide range of activities and healthier lifestyles in the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Balmore Golf Club will use their £1937 grant to train volunteers as Level 1 Golf Coaches who will then work in partnership with the Active Schools Co-ordinators in East Dunbartonshire to promote opportunities for children to participate in the Stage 1 Golf Club Programme.
Tir Conaill Harps Gaelic Athletic Club will use their £1875 grant to provide opportunities to participate in Gaelic games particularly Gaelic football and hurling.
Milngavie Badminton Club will use their £2000 grant to encourage locals to participate and volunteer in the sport through weekly after school sessions. The grant will fund coaching sessions, equipment purchase and other costs acting as a way to bring together people from different generations.
The 2014 Communities programme aims to build a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In total £5.8 million will be invested over the lifetime of the fund.
Commenting Jo said:
“I’m thrilled that these organisations have been successful in securing grants.
“The Milngavie Badminton Club, Balmore Golf Club and Tir Conaill Harps Gaelic Athletic Club will put something back into the local community sowell done to all three.
“Local individuals or groups can visit the BIG Lottery Fund website to find out about the 2014 Communities programme and other funding opportunities at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland.”
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:
“The 2014 Communities programme allows people across the country to explore their potential through a wide range of physical activity helping create a legacy for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The common factor in all of the 103 projects we are funding today is the way they will help greater well-being across Scotland in the lead up to the Games and beyond.”
- 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 (BIG), 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.
- 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