Allard urges charities and groups to make use of fund

A local MSP has urged local charities and groups to make use of charitable funds available to them through the lottery.

Christian Allard MSP for the North-east hosted a briefing event in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund in Inverurie last Monday.

The move comes following an announcement from the Fund that extra money is available in the area.

Delegates from the organisation were in attendance to provide a brief introduction, but also to answer questions on how best to tailor funding applications. Over 25 groups have already signed up, but space is still available.

The Big Lottery Fund, working with the Scottish Government, has delivered millions of pounds worth of grant money to communities across the North-east in recent years.

Schools; sports clubs; parent toddler groups; community centres; and many other charitable groups have benefited from the scheme.

Commenting ahead of the meeting last week, Mr Allard said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local charities and other groups to hear about how they might benefit from Big Lottery Funding and about how best to apply. The chance to ask representatives directly about tailoring applications will be invaluable.

“I am delighted by the response so far with representatives of over 25 groups signed up to attend next Monday. I am sure this will be a very worthwhile event.

“Significant effort has been made to get in touch directly with groups across the City and Shire, but it is open invitation.”

Recently, the Big Lottery Fund awarded money to local charity People First Fraserburgh.

The grant was to develop a local project helping people with learning difficulties understand the many changes that are being made to the benefits system and, where necessary, help them to claim the correct benefit.

The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the game

For more information on the Big Lottery Fund, and to search through a list of previous grants awarded in Aberdeenshire, please visit their website at