Moray community organisations have been boosted by grants totalling almost £40,000 from the latest round of funding by Awards for All in Scotland.
Supported by Creative Scotland, sportScotland and the Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 to those taking part in art, heritage, sport and community activities.
In the latest round of funding a total of 155 groups will benefit from a share of over £1.1million, including five groups in Moray.
Topping the list are £10,000 awards to the Hopeman Community Association and Elgin Bowling Club.
The bowling club will use their award towards renovation work on the clubhouse where windows and external doors will be replaced alongside repairs to roof cladding. Hopeman Community Association will use their award to provide new flooring to their hall while the cash will also enable a wide variety of activities in a safe environment.
Knockando School’s Parent Council have received £7,835 to improve outdoor space including an outdoor classroom and agility trail, all for the benefit of the school’s 45 pupils and 15 who attend the playgroup.
Elgin’s Dualist Fencing Club has £6,660 to aid purchase of adult fencing equipment that will help expand membership numbers, while the River Findhorn Interpretative Trust has £4,608 to create a new path at Randolph’s Leap between the main road and the River Dava.
Welcoming the local funding Richard Lochhead MSP said: “This is fantastic news for all of these local groups, with grant awards for projects that promote both indoor and outdoor activities across Moray.
“The awards support a range of sporting and community activity that will benefit a lot of locals and visitors alike.”
Moray’s MP Angus Robertson added: “Once again ambitious organisations in Moray have been successful in their application to access this valuable funding source which will allow them to further improve their community work.
“Congratulations to all of the organisations and I would encourage other local groups to apply for this funding in a similar way by finding out more at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland.”