Local groups in Aberdeen and the Highlands will join the whole of Scotland in celebrating this year’s Commonwealth Games, thanks to the latest National Lottery grants from the Celebrate programme.
Across the country 22 groups are sharing in £160,610 to organise their own arts, heritage, sports and local community events which celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Games in their own unique way.
In the Highlands, Dementia Friendly Communities receives an award of £9,867 to host its own alternative Commonwealth Games event in June 2014. This will include activities such as welly tossing, cardboard caber tossing, skittles, Tai Chi and traditional school sports. For those unable to participate in physical activities there will also be craft activities such as decorating a commonwealth hat or flag.
Children from primary schools in Aberdeen will help to create a book of traditional and modern tales from around the world, thanks to a grant of £10,000 to Aberdeen City Council, Education & Sport. The children and their families from Scotland, Eastern Europe, Mali, India, Pakistan and Ghana will work with a story teller and artists to share their stories, poems and songs.
Announcing the Celebrate funding Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “Today’s Celebrate funding will enable groups from across Scotland to mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games in ways which are meaningful to them. The Celebrate programme remains open for
applications until the end of this year and we would encourage groups in all parts of Scotland to get in touch if they have ideas for activities.”
Welcoming the funding Minister for External Affairs, Humza Yousaf, said: “This money will give people from across Scotland the opportunity to connect to Glasgow 2014 and to celebrate the Commonwealth Games in their own communities. With a plethora of outstanding events taking place In 2014 the eyes of world are on Scotland. It’s an opportunity to highlight our important place in the world but also demonstrate how we can relate and contribute positively to other cultures.
Celebrate has been developed by the Scottish Lottery Distributors Forum (SLDF) which is made up of all four Scottish Lottery Distributors, Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and sportscotland. It is open to applications until the end of 2014 for celebrations of the people, places and culture of the Commonwealth and of the Games themselves. You can apply here.
Find out which projects have received Celebrate funding today: January Celebrate Grant Table.