This week communities in East Ayrshire will host a two day visit from members of our Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee. Set to visit four of our largest funded projects in the area, the committee will learn more about the impact of our funding across the region before holding its monthly decision making meeting in Shortless Community Centre, Kilmarnock on Thursday 21 May.
Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “In total we have awarded over £26 million to projects across East Ayrshire over the last 20 years, which are supporting those people and communities in greatest need.
“It is extremely important for the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee to see firsthand the difference made by our funding across Scotland. I’m delighted that we are visiting East Ayrshire to make our next set of funding decisions and to about the impact of our funding at a local level.”
On Wednesday 20th May the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee will visit four local projects before hosting an afternoon event at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock where it will share plans for its new funding portfolio to be launched at the end of the year. This will be followed on Thursday 21st by its monthly decision making committee.
The committee will visit the following four projects:
- Catrine Community Trust, has received funding for a community renewable project and to establish a local community garden
- Addaction, based in Kilmarnock, has received Big Lottery funding to support a better quality of life for individuals moving on from substance misuse issues
- My Time Active, a social enterprise, based in Kilmarnock, is using its funding to deliver healthy weight programmes and lifestyle initiatives for children and young people
- Faith in Community Scotland has been supporting ex prisoners to move onto more positive destination upon their release, thanks to its Big Lottery Fund award.
And in other news we’re pleased to announce that we’ve just awarded Home Start East Ayrshire £294,906 from our Investing in Communities fund.
Welcoming the funding, Norah Young, Chairperson, Home-Start East Ayrshire, said: “At last the people of Ayrshire, who need our services, had been given a lifeline, and we will never be able to thank the Big Lottery Fund enough for giving us a secure future.”