DOZENS of community groups across Scotland have shared a lottery funding boost of more than £500,000.
A food festival promoting healthy eating in Glasgow, a hospitality training programme for young people in West Lothian, and a community cafe in Dumfries and Galloway are among the 73 latest grant recipients of the Awards for All Scotland scheme - a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland.
A £10,000 award has enabled the Real Food, Real Folk co-operative to organise the Let’s Eat Glasgow food festival on September 3 in a bid to tackle food inequality across the city.
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The free event will focus on the benefits of healthy eating and quality local produce. Attractions will include a livestock area, pop up market and affordable street food created by some of Glasgow’s top restaurants.
Profits will go towards work to address food inequality in Glasgow.
Meanwhile, young people in West Lothian who want to work in the hospitality industry will be able to get the skills and experience they need thanks to an award of £9,200 to The Larder Cook School in Livingston.
The money will allow the group to expand and develop the range of training opportunities they currently provide to local youngsters aged 14 to 19.
In Dumfries, the volunteer-run North West Community Cafe will be able to buy a range of new kitchen and IT equipment after an award of £9,967.
An Awards for All Scotland spokesman said: “Today we are announcing £506,996 to 73 projects grants that will help communities across the country to set up and develop a wide spectrum of projects run for and by local people.
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“What is clear is the smallest amount of funding can often make the biggest difference to people’s lives.
“All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All Scotland for people of all ages.”