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Moray groups celebrate £23,200 boost

By Staff Reporter

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NATIONAL Lottery money has brought a celebratory start to 2019 for five Moray groups.

Awards for All Scotland money has gone to 219 arts, sports and community groups across Scotland, amounting to £1.5 million.

In the local area, Moray School Bank has received £10,000 for its work supporting children at Moray's eight secondaries and associated primaries.

The funding will be used for staff costs that will cover operational aspects of the project such as creating school uniform packs and managing relationships with stakeholders.

Portessie Public Hall management committee will use its £5000 award to upgrade the hall's solar panels and install an energy efficient heating system.

Along the coast, Lossiemouth-based outdoor charity Outfit Moray has been awarded £3330 to continue the running of 30 full-day outdoor adventure activities for young people during the Easter, summer and October holidays in 2020.

A £3275 boost to the Moray Council will support young volunteers across the area who deliver sport sessions to primary school pupils, their peers and the wider community.

The funding will be used to offer additional training, and buy branded sports kits to help identify them during the sessions.

The final Moray recipients are the Banffshire Battalion of the Boys' Brigade, who were successful in a bid for £1595. That will enable them to host the National Cross Country Championships in March 2020 in Buckie. Boys Brigades from across Scotland will compete in a variety of races.

A National Lottery Awards for All Scotland spokesperson said: "This is National Lottery money making a real impact in communities across the country. The 219 groups receiving funding today showcases the wide range of projects that can be funded through this programme and the difference that the smallest amounts of money can make. We wish them all the best for the year ahead as they begin to put their plans into action."

The scheme awards grants of between £300 and £10,000 to local groups. Visit the website – https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/ – to find out more or phone 0300 123 7110.

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