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SCOTTISH community councils have been successful in obtaining grant funding from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland for projects that improve the environment and access to local information.


Young Quinns playing with a friend and his big sister Anita on an accessible roundabout in Bridge of Allan.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to local groups. The grants are offered to help people take part in arts, sport, social, environmental, health related, educational and other community activities. Across the country 173 local community, sport and arts groups are enjoying a share of this bumper package of National Lottery Awards for All grants totaling £1,245,834.


In the latest round of awards are three community councils, Earlston in the Scottish Borders, Mid Deeside in Aberdeenshire and Bridge of Allan in Stirling.


Earlston community council received just over £8,000 for a project that will see the group use land at Earlston High School to establish a community garden.  Working with Earlston in Bloom volunteers, the youth group Beyond Earlston and Earlston High School’s staff and pupils, the community council will spend the grant on much needed equipment and in supporting intergenerational projects to ensure the garden becomes a source of flowers, fruit and vegetables for the community. A series of courses and open days are also planned in the community garden using the grant support.


Sheila Gibb, Chairperson of Earlston Community Council said “We only established Earlston in Bloom less than a year ago as part of the Earlston Community Action Plan, so its work across the community being recognised and rewarded with this grant is very gratifying: a great start for the long-term success of the group.“


In Aberdeenshire, Mid Deeside community council received £2,500 which will go toward the creation of a community Information Hub in Aboyne which will provide a central point where residents and visitors can access local information.


 Community councillors, Earlston in Bloom volunteers and Earlston High School’s staff and pupils in their community garden.

The Community Centre and Library in Aboyne is at one end of the town, about a mile from the shops, its where local events and information is advertised. Because of the difficulty many people have in visiting the Community Centre, they rely on word of mouth to discover what’s going on and this issue was mentioned by many in the Community Action Plan survey the community council undertook in 2018.


Ruth Powell of Mid Deeside community council said: “The new, large, centrally-placed and highly visible notice board will foster community spirit, a sense of pride in the area and inform both visitors and residents of the amenities and activities available on their doorstep.  It will be a convenient way for residents to quickly find out information on local services and events as well as statutory notices such as Council information and emergency contacts.”


She added: “The Noticeboard will be in place sometime before Christmas and we are very grateful to for the support of Marr Area Committee Large Grant Scheme, The MacRobert Trust, Mid Deeside Community Trust and National Lottery Awards for All Scotland. Without their help, this project would not have been possible.”


A community noticeboard similar to this one will be in place next month in Aboyne to keep residents and visitors up to date with the latest information and details of community events.

Also receiving funding is Bridge of Allan community council in Stirling whose project to install accessible play equipment in a public play park in the centre of the community received £10,000.


Mum Jennifer Rutherford who approached the community council with a request for accessible play park equipment said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received the funding from The National Lottery Awards for All. We are working on our ideal plan with Stirling Council including an accessible roundabout, high backed swing, tables and a system of pathways to make the whole park accessible. The National Lottery funding will help make our park a great place for children to all play together.”


Bridge of Allan community councillor Siobhan Hencher added: “Showing fantastic community spirit, we’ve had fundraising events, a pitch at Stirling Soup, pre-schoolers doing sponsored cycles, crowdfunding appeals and many other amazing things.  This money from the National Lottery Awards for All Funding is the icing on the cake which will allow us to achieve everything on our wish list. It will make a huge difference to the community of Bridge of Allan.”


National Lottery Awards for All Scotland welcomes applications and focuses on funding smaller organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250k (except for schools).  To find out what it could do for your community and to see full details of all the awards granted please visit the National Lottery Community Fund website or call  0300 123 7110.


For more information on the community council projects mentioned above please visit:


Earlston Community Council

Mid Deeside Community Council

Bridge of Allan Community Council

Bridge of Allan Play Together

Community Councils awarded grant funding in latest National Lottery Awards

News story posted: 08/11/19