Central Scotland MSP, John Wilson, has welcomed Big Lottery funding for a variety of projects throughout Central Scotland.

The Big Lottery Fund has announced funding decisions which have resulted in 47 awards made in the Central Scotland region to the value of £333,810.

The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All, Investing in Ideas and 2014 Communities.

John Wilson MSP said “the Big Lottery Fund small grants schemes offer a much welcomed boost for local communities and schools throughout Central Scotland.

“The funding awarded has been distributed amongst much deserving communities, schools, clubs and associations in the area. These groups stand at the heart of the community and they do great work in the local areas, providing great services for people both young and old, and I am delighted to see that their hard work is being recognised and rewarded”

Amongst those who received awards were Greenhill Primary School, St Bartholomew’s Primary School and Our Lady’s & St Joseph’s Primary School, in Coatbridge, who successfully secured funding as part of the Big Lottery’s 2014 Communities programme. Money awarded will contribute towards coaching and technical equipment for an array of fitness and physical activity clubs for pupils, their families and the wider community.

Sikeside and Greenend Education Centre were granted £9,998 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme, which will provide replacement computers, office furniture and provide two new beginners computing classes to improve ITC and employability skills for the unemployed, people on low incomes and those over 50 years old, living in the local community.

Also to benefit is the Braveheart Association has been awarded £10,000 under the Investing in Ideas scheme, North Lanarkshire Council’s Sport and Outdoor Education Team has secured £5,897, and Active4all was awarded £9,400 which will be used to develop its IT systems.

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