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30 August 2012

Stevenson Welcomes Sports Funding Boost from Lottery

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast has today welcomed the news that two organisations in the Banffshire & Buchan Coast constituency are to receive Big Lottery Funding through the 2014 Communities programme, totalling £3,107.

Brighter Horizons in Banff and Peterhead Academy have both received grants to fund the provision of opportunities for young people to take part in sport.

The Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities is about encouraging participation in sport as part of a healthy and active lifestyle in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.  The programme aims to encourage more people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity as well as encourage greater community cohesion in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 2014 Communities grants are offered to local sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, community councils and schools grants of £300 to £2,000 to support and stimulate grass roots involvement in sport and physical activity.  In year two of the programme, Big Lottery Fund has £1 million to award in grants.  2014 Communities will continue to operate up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I am delighted to see these local groups, who are centres of activity in our community receiving these funds, which will serve to support them now and provide for their development in the future.

“I would encourage any and all eligible groups in the area to apply to the Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities programme for a grant to support their activities, whatever they may be.”  
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