From a project supporting older people in Dumfries and Galloway to get out and about in their communities to a money advice service helping people to get out of debt in Central Scotland, our latest Investing in Communities grants are set to make a big difference where it’s needed most.
The Big Lottery Fund is keen to encourage more applications for projects of this kind and have a BIG advice team on hand to help those who have an idea for funding.
The Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities programme provides funding for up to five years for projects designed to help communities and individuals most in need. The target areas for investment include improving the quality of life for hard pressed Scottish families, helping people to move out of debt and enabling more older people to become better connected to their communities.
83 year old Betty Lyden, from Dumfries is just one of many older people set to benefit from an Investing in Communities award of £590,474 to The Food Train Ltd. The group will use the funding to expand its befriending service into Upper Nithsdale, Stewartry, Wigtownshire and the Machars.
Betty, said: “I suffer from arthritis and can’t walk very far or lift heavy things. I’ve lived alone since my husband died three years ago and, thanks to Food Train, I get my messages delivered every week. My befriender, Irene comes to visit every fortnight and takes me out for coffee or a bit lunch and I always look forward to her visits. I also really like going to the events; we get together twice a month and we’ve got a visit to the theatre planned soon. Food Train is a great help to me. It’s made a big difference to my life and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it.
If you have an idea for funding for a project that would help people like Betty then get in touch.
You can also find out about the latest projects sharing in £1.6million from Investing in Communities here