Four projects in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey, are amongst the latest 150 projects across Scotland sharing £1,095,080 of National Lottery funding from Awards For All Scotland.
Awards For All Scotland, a joint awards programme from the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland, gives groups the opportunity to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.
Locally, four groups successfully secured a total of £21,104 worth of funding. This included Dachaidh Community Support in Kingussie who provide support workers to elderly people with dementia and mental health problems. The £9828 grant they received will allow them to continue the work they do by funding their support workers transport.
In Inverness, Merkinch Community centre received a £6720 grant that will be used by the Falcon Club to offer a range of activities to adults with learning disabilities, including drama, line dancing and outings.
The 18th Inverness (Muirtown) Sea Scout Group and Friends of Kilchuimen Academy also benefited from awards funding for their projects.
Commenting, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey MP Drew Hendry, said:
“I was delighted to hear that a range of local projects have been supported through the Awards for All scheme.
“These projects all involve bringing people together, helping people learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active.
“Securing this funding will help organisations such as Dachaidh Community Support and Merkinch Community centre continue the important work they do and I look forward to seeing first hand the benefits this funding will bring to these projects and communities.“