Community groups end 2020 on a funding high

Dervaig Primary School pupils enjoying outdoor learning in the community orchard.

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As a difficult year draws to a close, four community groups in Argyll and Bute are ending 2020 with some good news – a £300,426 cash boost from The National Lottery Community Fund.

They are among 161 projects across Scotland sharing in £3,931,314 for a range of activities, many of which will help people to support each other through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

Friends of Dervaig Primary on Mull, mentioned on this page, were among the four to receive money from the latest Lottery awards.

Also receiving funding are Rhinns Playing Field Association which will use a grant of £7,500 to improve access to their community-owned field in the village of Portnahaven on Islay, and Kilmore and Kilbride Village Hall Committee, which will build an extension, incorporating a new kitchen and meeting place for the community, also thanks to £7,500.

In addition Crossroads Young Carers Cowal and Bute will receive an award of £280,330, over three years. The group, which supports young carers aged five to 24 with a wide range of activities, will now be able to support 185 young carers through after school groups, lunchtime school drop-ins, one to one sessions, advocacy and advice, holiday activities and residentials.

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Announcing the funding, The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland chairperson Kate Still said: ’At the end of what’s been a very difficult year for everyone, I am delighted that groups across Argyll and Bute have some celebratory news to end 2020.

‘They are all working so hard to ensure their communities thrive during these difficult times and now, thanks to National Lottery players, they can continue their amazing work.’

National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes in the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland is currently focusing its funding 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