The next generation of up and coming TV presenters and news reporters may come from West Dunbartonshire after an award of £9,300 to Skapade Inspirational Development Solution CIC. Earlier this year the group won the rights to broadcast and run Dumbarton TV, an online broadband TV channel and the money will allow them to run a media training programme for young local young people.
Stephen Kirkwood, Founder, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have received a grant from Awards for All. The funding will be going directly into the heart of our community to provide a positive media platform for young people.
“We will provide training in content creation, production, events, camera work, script writing and presenting. We are specifically targeting the hardest to reach groups including the long term unemployed and care leavers helping to give them new skills as well as the confidence and motivation needed for this industry. With our combined expertise in the media industry and help from Awards for All, our project has been given a massive boost in the right direction.”
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP, who visited Skapade Studios in November, added, “I’m absolutely delighted for the team and I’m in the process of assisting them to apply for even more funding that they can use to expand the range of high quality experiences and training opportunities they provide to young people in the local community.
“Stephen and the rest of the team have a real passion for audio visual media and I’m sure this comes across and enhances the programmes they run.”
An Awards for All spokesperson said, “Today we are announcing over £870k that will help communities across Scotland to set up and develop projects run for and by local people. What is clear is the smallest amount of funding can often make the biggest difference to people’s lives. All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All.”
Find out more about Skapade Studios at https://www.facebook.com/SKapadeStudios/
Awards for All Scotland gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities. It is a partnership by sportscotland and Big Lottery Fund. Groups can download this form here www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland