Projects benefit in Aberdeenshire

Good causes in Aberdeenshire have received more than £1 million in National Lottery funding in 2012, according to figures released by the Lotto.

102 grants were awarded across Aberdeenshire last year, providing a cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage projects and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.

In the last year grants have included:

£8,000 was awarded to Grampian Family Support Forum to help provide information, support and advice to families which have been affected by druge misuse.

Northsurf Windsurfing Club is using £6,500 of National Lottery funding to purchase a range of equipment to encourage local youngsters to take up the sport.

Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding in the last 18 years, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2013 open for entries.

The National Lottery Awards have seven categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport; Heritage; Arts; Environment; Health; Education; and Voluntary/Charity. The winners of The National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year.

Causes in the AB43 area eligible to take part in the awards include the Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus scheme which was awarded over £9,000 and Aberdeenshire Council’s which was awarded £20,5000 in relationship to Museum Service Mr Arbuthnot’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

If you want to see a project from Aberdeenshire celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 293 3599.