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Awards for All: £1.5m National Lottery cash boost for communities

Published: 05 Jun 2019

National Lottery good cause cash is making a big difference to communities across Scotland, with 203 community groups sharing in £1,494,641 from National Lottery Awards for All funding.

A number of organisations have been funded to deliver creative projects in this round, including Cupar Arts, Reel People Scotland (SCIO), Paisley Opera, The Women's Unit, Killin Community Choir, and Lochgilphead Community Council.

Cupar Arts will receive funding for EDEN, a community inclusive event now entering its second year.

The award will specifically support two local artists to create Skelf: a specially commissioned interactive sound and vision instillation. The artists have been engaging local groups in the community in the development of this artwork including elderly, youth, mental health support and special needs groups.

The final artwork will be accessible to the public throughout the nine day Cupar Arts EDEN event, taking place between 15-23 June 2019.

Margaret Robertson, Chair, Cupar Arts said: "We are delighted that, through the fantastic Awards for All grant funding, we will be able to stage such a special, thought provoking and community inclusive artwork project within the Cupar Corn Exchange which will be our arts hub for the event.

"Skelf, our special arts project, will transform the space, alongside our feature artist, Celie Byrne, who will be exhibiting her exciting, storytelling portrait paintings, in keeping with our Tales and Trails theme this year. We can't wait to see it all happening!"

Reel People Scotland will receive funding to deliver free film production workshops for two groups of young people aged 11–17, with one group specifically working with young people in kinship care.

Each ten-week project is aimed at developing creative filmmaking skills, as well as building the confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills of the young people involved.

Gordon Collins, Chair Reel, People Scotland said: "Receiving the award from the National Lottery has been tremendous. It has given us the means to provide high quality equipment and staff.

"Not only this, but it has given us the means to deliver a creative and innovative project to many young people in need. We believe this is the first step for a project which will have a great impact in Glasgow and Scotland."

Gary Cameron, Head of Place, Partnerships and Communities, Creative Scotland said: “We are delighted to support these fantastic projects through our Awards for All partnership with Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland.

"With music, sculpture, craft, storytelling and opera, they again demonstrate the creativity of communities across Scotland and the importance of National Lottery funding.”

View and download full details of awards made across Scotland below.

Notes to Editors

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland is a joint awards programme from The National Lottery Community Fund, Creative Scotland and sportscotland.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland makes grants to help people take part in arts, sport, social, environmental, health related, educational and other community activities.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland welcomes applications and focuses on funding smaller organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250k (except for schools).