South Scotland

Groups share £9.6m lottery support

Johnston Primary School Image copyright Google
Image caption The former Johnston Primary in Kirkcudbright will be transformed under the plans

Fifty groups from across the country have received a share of £9.6m from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland (BLFS).

The money is aimed at supporting people and communities to "overcome challenging circumstances".

The biggest beneficiary in the latest round is Kirkcudbright Development Trust, which receives £850,000 to turn a former school into a community hub.

Maureen McGinn, who chairs the BLFS, said the money could "transform the lives of local people".

The Kirkcudbright project will see the transformation of the former Johnston Primary into a hub which incorporates a childcare centre, a tourist attraction, business units and an emergency service base.

'Inspiring projects'

The Glenkens Community and Arts Trust in Dumfries and Galloway has secured £148,772 while the Peeblesshire Youth Trust in the neighbouring Scottish Borders has been awarded £97,000.

Other schemes to receive support include:

  • £122,399 to North Berwick-based, East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme to run a specialist playscheme for children aged five to 16 with severe and complex needs
  • £146,988 to Moogety Foods Ltd, based in Glasgow, to bring the community together through a programme of activities focusing on growing, cooking and eating healthy food
  • £600,000 to the Fair Isle Electricity Company to install a new renewable energy system meaning the island will have a reliable 24-hour power supply for the first time
  • £148,845 to Merkinch Partnership Ltd in Inverness to provide new opportunities for socialising, learning and taking part in activities
  • £149,788 to the Caledonia Housing Association in Dundee to continue and expand a volunteering and befriending project

Ms McGinn said: "Each of these inspiring projects will assist people at the times when they need most support, providing them with the tools, confidence and skills to work towards a more positive future."

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