Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders lays claim to the fact that it’s home to one of the country’s oldest bands. St Ronan’s Silver Band has been based in the town in one form or other for over 200 years. Now the group will be able to refurbish the interior of their band hall, built in 1932, for the first time. Band secretary, Keith Belleville, said, “This award will make a huge difference to a lot of people. The inside of the hall hasn’t really been done up in over 80 years and is in desperate need of re-decoration. We will now be able to install an acoustic ceiling, new lighting and buy a new carpet and rehearsal chairs. All of these things will help to create a much more comfortable and enjoyable rehearsal experience and help us to attract new members. We are really excited about this award and the support from Awards for All. “
An Awards for All spokesman, said: “The grants we are announcing today shows the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All. We are always surprised and enthused at the difference a relatively small amount of money can make in communities across Scotland and wish all of these groups the best of luck for the future.”
Awards for All is the small grants scheme supported by three of the National Lottery good cause distributors in Scotland: Creative Scotland, the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland. The scheme makes awards of between £500 and £10,000 to grass-roots community groups and voluntary organisations. Find out more and how to apply here.