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12 October 2010

Stevenson Welcomes Banff & Buchan Lottery Boost

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the latest announcement by Awards for All, which sees three schools and three local organisations obtaining substantial awards totalling more than £40,000. Awards For All provide grants to those involved in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.

Gardenstown Playschool (£4,113), Clerkhill School (£10,000) and Stuartfield School (£9530) will each receive substantial awards with some of the purchases including; an interactive white board and laptop and improvements and additions for the playgrounds.

Pitsligo Parish Church of Scotland's grant of £1,000 will enable the purchase of new stacking chairs, providing better facilities for the local community.

Aberdeenshire Council - Community Learning and Development's grant of £10,000 will contribute towards artist fees, set/props/costumes and fireworks, accommodation and workshop space, mentoring and training to help support young people in a range of theatre and performance skills.

Finally, Buchan IT and E-learning Service's grant of £7,000 will aid their pilot project to promote IT and Elearning for the older residents in sheltered housing complexes in the Central Buchan area of Aberdeenshire.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Stevenson said:

"I'm delighted for the schools concerned as the awards are a substantial sum which will be put to good use.

"For the three local organisations that have been successful, I applaud their determination to secure funding and I trust that the users of the organisations will reap the benefits.

"I congratulate all the successful recipients on their efforts and I would urge other schools and organisations within the constituency to consider making an application.”
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