Dunfermline MSP welcomes funding success of local groups


Bill Walker SNP MSP for Dunfermline has warmly congratulated three groups in his Dunfermline constituency who have recently been successful in securing a Big Lottery Awards for All grant, securing a total of £24,000 in funding.

Dunfermline Reign Basketball Club received a £4,000 grant to help deliver hour-long extra-curricular grassroots basketball sessions once per week for pupils under the age of 14 at each of the four secondary schools in Dunfermline. The club will recruit senior pupil assistant coaches, one from each school, to support the qualified coach at each session. In addition, pupils will have the opportunity to put their new skills into practice and represent their schools at festival events.

83rd Fife (Cairneyhill) Scout Group received a £10000 grant. The Scout Group will build an extension onto the community hall in Cairneyhill to meet increasing demand on the facility and ensure sufficient storage space for all the community groups who use the hall.

Ascent Scotland Ltd received a £10,000 grant to provide individualised training programmes for disadvantaged young people and adults living in Stirling and Clackmannanshire, to enable them to find sustainable work within the employment sector. The project will allow the beneficiaries to learn the necessary skills, such as interview techniques, required to get them into the job market.

Commenting on the awards, Mr Walker said:

“I am delighted that these three local groups have been awarded this funding. I am aware of the tremendous hard work and commitment that goes into setting up these new ventures and would particularly like to thank Barry Pringle of Dunfermline Reign Basketball Club, Callum Farquhar of the 83rd Fife (Cairneyhill) Scout Group, and Leslie Cassidy of Ascent Scotland for putting together these successful applications for funding.

“I would urge others who are involved in local groups which support art, sport, heritage and community projects that promote education, the environment and health in our local communities to apply for this type of funding.”

Further information about Awards for All can be found at www.awardsforall.org.uk.