Glasgow 2014: Lottery funding for Games community events

Communities across Scotland have been given £1.1m in lottery awards for Commonwealth Games-inspired events.

The awards are aimed at encouraging communities to mark the start of the Glasgow Games in June.

The grants from the Big Lottery Fund are part of the group's Celebrate fund and will be used in 158 separate projects.

Some of the events funded include baton relays, ceilidh dancing and sports taster sessions across the country.

Unique celebrations

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman Maureen McGinn hailed the awards and said: "I am delighted to see the wide range of projects benefiting from today's Celebrate funding.

"From community arts and dance activities to community baton relays and sports taster sessions, these projects will bring together people to enjoy a range of local community events.

"It is exciting to see so many groups across the country capture the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and I wish them all every success as they get set to celebrate in their own unique way."

Youth circus

Youth Beatz in Dumfries has been awarded £10,000 to expand its annual free youth music event, which will include a zone to challenge issues faced by young people in the Commonwealth, such as immigration and racism.

Bright Night International will use a grant of £10,000 to take its Commonwealth Youth Circus to Elgin. The circus features young people from Scotland and the Commonwealth performing physical activities closely related to sports which will feature in the Games.

A full list of the 158 awards can be found on the Big Lottery Fund's website.

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