£1.4 million Lottery boost supports Scots arts and cultural projects


Gatehouse of Fleet Festival Group - close-up performers

A midsummer music festival, a drama group for vulnerable people, a theatre group for youngsters, and a heritage festival are just four arts and cultural schemes to receive a Lottery funding award. The community projects are among a wide range of the latest 184 projects across Scotland sharing over £1,440,188 of National Lottery funding from small grants scheme Awards for All Scotland.

Live music at Gatehouse of Fleet Midsummer Music
Live music at Gatehouse of Fleet Midsummer Music

In Dumfries and Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet Festival Group will use their £5,070 grant to buy a new speaker system and to help publicise their festival by funding new recording equipment and website construction.

Philip Hussey, Treasurer of Gatehouse of Fleet Festival Group, said: “We are very pleased to have secured this award. It will be a game-changer for our festival as it will increase the musical and creative opportunities we can offer our community. We will now have the opportunity to encourage local talent both during our annual Midsummer Music Festival, and throughout the year, as well as better record and publicise the extraordinary music we host.”

Tackling Sectarianism training workshop
Tackling Sectarianism training workshop

In Glasgow, In Cahootz plans to fund a series of drama workshops for vulnerable people to help tackle inequality with their grant of £8,226.

Kate Black, Drama Specialist at In Cahootz, said: “We are thrilled to be able to continue working with our projects to deliver work on how to tackle inequality in our communities. This level of awareness raising and community discussion is so important as participants really engage with the issues that affect their everyday life. The Awards for All funding allows us to continue to develop this vital community engagement.”

Glass Performance runs Junction 25.
Glass Performance runs Junction 25.

Another theatrical group to receive a grant from the scheme is Glass Performance in Glasgow. Their £9,950 award will be used to extend the work of Junction 25 to deliver two creative residencies for young people for whom English is their second language.

Viviane Hullin, Company Manager at Glass Performance, said: “We are delighted to receive the Awards for All funding which will enable a series of creative residencies at Shawlands Academy. This award will allow us to continue our creative relationship with the school and work with a group of young people for whom English is their second language. The creative residencies will provide a valuable experience of immersive and experiential learning and enable the development of core skills in communication and collaboration for the participants.”

Hawick Reivers heritage festival.
Hawick Reivers heritage festival.

In the Scottish Borders, Hawick Reivers Association will use its £8,770 award to buy equipment to ensure the long term sustainability of heritage festival aimed at rediscovering Reiver ancestry through drama, music, and re-enactments.

Cath Elliot of the Hawick Reivers Association, said: “The grant will allow the purchase of much needed equipment which will be used for many years to come. The festival is very much a community event run by a group of volunteers. It is always our aim to keep as many of the aspects of the festival free to the public as possible, while maintaining a high standard of performance – and this award of the grant will allow us to continue to do this.”

An Awards for All Scotland spokesperson, said: “Today we have announced over £1.4 million of grants that will help communities across Scotland set up and develop a wide spectrum of projects run for and by local people. What is clear is the smallest amount of funding can often make the biggest difference to people’s lives. All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All for people of all ages.”

Awards for All Scotland gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities. It is a partnership by sportscotland and Big Lottery Fund. The programme gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities.

Groups can find out more information and download an application form here.

Find out where funding has gone in your area by clicking on this February 2016 Awards for All which includes details of all projects which received funding.

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