Thirteen groups across Dumfries and Galloway are today sharing in £205,104 of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.
An award of £116,920 was announced to LGBT Youth Scotland that means they will be able to support young people to help improve their mental health and wellbeing whilst supporting them to develop stronger connections in their communities.
Over three years this project aims to support 250 young people aged between 13-25 living in the region, this will be supported by ten volunteers.
Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes also receives an award of £10,000 to cover costs and help towards running a fleet of ten motorbikes and six cars which are used to deliver blood and urgent medical supplies between hospitals and healthcare sites in South West Scotland.
Annan Christmas Lights Committee receive £3250 to replace their Christmas lights and purchase a new Christmas tree stand for the local community.
Annan the History Town Group gets £8950 to run a summer festival to attract more visitors to the area, build a sense of civic pride and to highlight Annan’s rich history.
Creetown Building Preservation Trust receive Creative Scotland funds of £9500 to employ a programmer to organise arts activities in the newly renovated Quarrymen’s Arts Centre in Creetown.
Kirkcolm Community Trust get £2000 to cover the running costs of the village hall in Kirkcolm during the lockdown period and to enable local groups to use the facilities for free once the restrictions are lifted.
Old School Thornhill receive £7900 to run workshops and develop a mural project to celebrate the community gaining ownership of the Old School in Thornhill.
Palnackie Village Shop receives £4065 to create a community hub in the village and a further £5450 to increase staff hours at the village shop and to cover additional expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society get £6000 to support older and vulnerable people in Portpatrick who are isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will deliver two hot meals to 130 people per week, and run a food delivery and prescription collection service.
Potters Garden receive £9294 to upgrade and improve the indoor facilities at Potters Garden in Stranraer.
Radio Clyde Cash for Kids receives £9975 for its response to the COVID-19 crisis. Families will be identified largely by social workers and small charities with an existing relationship with the families.
RH Youth Organisation get £10,000 to purchase start up equipment for their new outdoor activity and theatre youth groups.
Royal British Legion Scotland Stranraer Rhins Branch are awarded £1800 to establish a drop-in centre to support ex military personnel in Stranraer.
Across the country 282 groups, from charities to smaller voluntary led community projects, are receiving funding raised by National Lottery players for a range of activities, many of which will help people to support each other through the COVID-19 crisis.
Kerry Riddell, Youth Work Manager South, LGBT Youth Scotland said: “We’re so grateful for this support from The National Lottery which will directly benefit LGBTI young people in Dumfries and Galloway. The ‘Stepping Out’ project, was created together with LGBTI young people in D&G, who asked us to focus our work more around helping them to find purpose, to be more resilient and to develop confidence through engaging in activities in the community.
“During COVID-19 restrictions, it’s been essential for us to be able to provide engaging digital youth work. Our D&G team are now beginning to think about innovative ways to launch and deliver Stepping Out digitally, so that the project can progress whatever immediate restrictions might be in place. We’re very excited to be getting started!”
Judith Sauberlich Chair & Trustee, Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes, said: “The funding we have received from The National Lottery is very important to us as it is allowing us to continue to keep our service running, covering our current maintenance costs & also supplying PPE for our volunteers.
“We are 100 per cent voluntary with no paid employees and any money raised goes back into the charity to support the patients of Dumfries & Galloway. National Lottery funding is helping to “Keep our wheels turning” and all our volunteers are very grateful.“
The National Lottery Community Fund, over the next six months, will focus its National Lottery funding in Scotland on those projects that supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of COVID-19.
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk