Five local projects are among a wide range of the latest 159 ventures across Scotland sharing over £1.2m of National Lottery funding from small grants scheme Awards for All Scotland.


In West Dunbartonshire, The Clydebank TLC Group received a £8430 Awards for All grant from Big Lottery Fund. This group work with people who suffer from stress and provide ways for the members to develop or relieve the stress. They will use the funding for books, trips, room hire and guest speakers.


RSPB Scotland received a £10000. This organisation will use the funding to create a visitor hub In Gartocharn that will allow local people and visitors to learn about the natural environment.


Kinship Carers Support Group West Dunbartonshire also received a £10000 Awards for All grant. The group plan to expand their service and provide a series of outings.


Heart of the Travellers received a £9465 grant. They will use the funding for an oral history project where they will record stories from the older generation of Scottish Travellers; helping to preserve their history, culture and identity.


Castlegreen Allotments Association will use their £8,331 grant for a secure storage container and petrol driven gardening equipment to improve their allotment plots.


Andy Unick, Secretary of Castlegreen Allotments Association, said: “We are very pleased in being successful in receiving our grant. We are now able improve the grass paths with reinforcing mesh ensuring good footing in wet weather. The tools will make it easier for older members to cultivate their allotments. Well done Awards for All!”


Martin Docherty MP, said: “I’m delighted for all of these locally based groups and organisations that will put this money to good use in our communities. These and many more groups across West Dunbartonshire are regularly awarded grants from the Big Lottery and other funds and that is a testament to the excellent quality of the work that they do and the professionalism of their volunteers.”


An Awards for All Scotland spokesperson, said: “Today we have announced over £1.2 million of grants that will bring some green shoots help to communities across Scotland by helping them set up and develop a wide spectrum of 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 for people of all ages.”


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. The programme gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities.

Groups can download this form here www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland.