Over the past month, over £20,000 of lottery funding has been awarded to projects across the Mearns. With the latest allocations just announced, we take a look at what good causes are receiving the cash and what they’re planning to spend it on.
Commenting on the successful groups, local Member of Parliament Andrew Bowie said: “This funding will make a big difference in both Laurencekirk and Stonehaven and should be warmly welcomed.
“The local primary school project will transform an area of land with the grounds that at present is unused. The remembrance garden is a great idea and I’m sure will be of benefit to the wider community.
“I have been pleased to see Men’s Sheds groups thriving across the constituency. The grant to the Stonehaven and District group will allow for a major revamp of a derelict building at the beach.
“This will not only help the members of the group – it will also restore a pavilion that otherwise would be an eyesore at the beach.”
He added: “It’s also clear whether it’s bringing families to get fit together in Ayr, introducing young people in Edinburgh to the sport of curling or inspiring children in Oban with the power of the written word, that the smallest amounts of money can make a big difference.”
Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed
The Men’s shed in Stonehaven is set to receive the maximum £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the money will be used to carry out repair work on the beach pavilion and transform it into a Men’s Shed. The space will also be made available to other local community groups.
Laurencekirk Primary School
The school will receive £1,486 to adapt an area within the school grounds, turning it into an accessible Remembrance Garden that they will share with local community groups.
Dunnottar Primary School
In July Dunnotar school in Stonehaven received over £8700 from the Big Lottery Fund, the money will go towards renovating the playground. You can learn more about the project here
The school also raised over £3400 through online crowdfunding, with the help of a promotional video and jingle – made with the help of Mearns FM.
National Lottery Awards For All Scotland gives groups a chance to apply for a National Lottery grant of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. National Lottery Awards for All Scotland awards grants to community, arts and sports groups on behalf of Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Creative Scotland and sportscotland.