Western Isles Projects Hit the Jackpot

Newly revealed figures show that more than £293,000 of National Lottery funding was awarded across the Western Isles last year alone.

Nineteen Lottery grants were given out in Western Isles during 2015; providing a vital boost to arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.

A wide variety of local projects received National Lottery grants last year, including:

£7,665 to Western Isles Association for Mental Health to provide art and writing sessions within their drop in centre.

£10,000 to The Nicolson Institute to allow the school to purchase musical equipment and tuition to establish a drum corps.

£10,000 to Gallan Head Community Trust to produce a business plan and pay for a feasibility study which will look at the viability of community ownership of land situated in the area.

Now any organisation that has ever received National Lottery funding, have the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by entering The National Lottery Awards 2016.

National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One in October.

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery Awards offer an unmissable opportunity to give outstanding projects their time to shine. If you can think of a great Lottery-funded project, please nominate them for an Award.

“All these fantastic projects are funded by National Lottery players - every one of you should feel proud to raise an astounding £34 million a week, which provides much needed support to such life-changing work.”

National Lottery Awards are given across seven categories; Sport, Heritage, Arts, Environment, Health, Education and Voluntary/Charity, to reflect the range of funding that the Lottery gives out.

If you wish to nominate your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or call 0207 293 3599 to find out more and to enter.

Entries must be received by midnight on 9 March 2016.