Commonwealth Week is the perfect time for the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland to celebrate and share the successes of its Commonwealth Games legacy investments.
So far the Fund has invested £15.2m in a wide range of projects across Scotland in support of the biggest cultural and sporting event in the nation’s history.
The Celebrate programme made over 642 awards of up to £10,000 to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, with a total investment of £4.5m. The range of projects has been vast and diverse, from exhibitions of photos and sporting artefacts to cultural carnivals and parties.
Over £6 million was also distributed via the 2014 Communities fund with a total of 4,192 awards of up to £2,000 to encourage physical activity. Projects included coaching, sporting taster sessions, community exercise classes and also allowed clubs to secure equipment and uniforms.
The Big Lottery Fund also supported 1,940 Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games clyde-siders. They were the epitome of the Games spirit and their presence and support at the events were a highlight of the 11 day cultural and sporting event.
A Major Grants programme totalling £4.1 million was also awarded to support a range of projects from social enterprises to a modern community centre. Support came for these social enterprises through Firstport’s Beyond the Finish Line project that saw young people’s creative business ideas come to life through dedicated support; and the Legacy Hub is an exciting venture by the People’s Development Trust. This multi-purpose community facility for people in Dalmarnock and the east end of Glasgow will be opening later this spring.
There was an incredible atmosphere throughout Games time and to celebrate we worked with a number of projects to produce a video to tell the celebratory story of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
We hope all of our grant holders, project participants and partners continue to benefit from the legacy of the best Games ever.