Events: Climate Challenge Fund Information Events in Lerwick and Kirkwall

Next week, the Climate Challenge Fund team will visit both Lerwick and Kirkwall to discuss how CCF grants can help fund community projects looking to reduce their carbon footprint. So far, the CCF has helped to fund projects that provide energy efficiency advice, the promotion of reducing, reusing and recycling and lower carbon transport, with £44.7 million awarded to 399 different community groups.

The Kirkwall event will take place at the St Magnus Centre on February 7th between 11am-3pm and 6pm-8pm, and the Lerwick event will be held at the Museum and Archives Centre on February 5th from 11am-3pm and 6pm-8pm. The event is free, and any group or individual can drop in. For more information, please visit the CCF events page:

http://ccf.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/events.aspx

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Motion: Big Lottery Fund June Awards to Highlands and Islands

Big Lottery Fund June Awards to Highlands and IslandsThat the Parliament welcomes the continuing support given by the Big Lottery Fund to community projects across Scotland; notes in particular that, in June 2012, over £2 million of funding was granted to projects big and small in the Highlands and Islands; recognises the substantial sums awarded to three schemes under the second stage of the Investing in Communities programme in the Highlands and Islands, namely Isle of Luing Community Trust, Golspie Recycling and Environmental Action Network and the SHIRLIE project; understands that these projects aim to develop the Atlantic Islands Centre in Cullipool, create 19 new sustainable jobs and help adults with additional support needs to find jobs respectively; lauds the combination of numerous small grants and larger grants to 49 other projects across the Highlands and Islands in both island communities and small towns and villages; considers these grants to be vital to the existence of such projects in difficult economic circumstances, and looks forward to more projects across the country benefiting from schemes such as the Big Lottery Fund.

Press Release: Local MSP Welcomes Continued Support for Highlands and Islands Projects

Jean Urquhart MSP has welcomed the latest statistics from the Big Lottery Fund which have shown 52 grants totalling over £2 million being awarded to projects across the Highlands and Islands.

The £2 million granted includes 3 large grants given to the Isle of Luing Community Trust, Golspie Recycling and Environmental Action Network and the SHIRLIE project totalling just over £1.6 million.

Commenting, Jean Urquhart said:

“It is particularly heartening when, at the start of every month, I see sums of varying sizes being awarded to worthwhile projects across the region.

“Although the three largest awards are undoubtedly welcome boosts, it must not be forgotten that ostensibly small sums can make a huge difference too.

“For example, the £2,000 grant awarded to Foula Primary School in Shetland will enable primary school children from the more remote areas of the Islands to participate in a mini-Olympics, helping to bring together communities in a way that may otherwise have been impossible.

“I would once again encourage community groups and projects across the region to apply for sources of funding like the Big Lottery Fund.”