Welcoming this announcement by the Scotland Committee of the National Lottery Charities Board, Sam Galbraith, minister at The Scottish Office responsible for the voluntary sector said:
'I am delighted that so many excellent projects in Scotland have been offered grants. This is very good news for a large number of charities and community groups in Scotland who make such an important contribution to our society. Many of the groups receiving grants are small but make a massive difference locally. Many large national organisations are also receiving grants from the National Lottery Charities Board which will enable them to continue their good works in the community at all levels. The projects themselves will benefit hundreds of people especially people on low income, unemployed people and people with disabilities. Children, young people and people over 60 will also benefit.'
2. Decisions on funding in Scotland are taken by the Scotland Committee.
Contact: The National Lottery Charities Board, Norloch House, 36 Kings Stables Road, EDINBURGH EH1 2EJ
3. Grants are announced under the fourth grant round of the main grants programme. The themes of this round are New Opportunities and Choices and Voluntary Sector Development.
4. Grants are also announced under the Scottish pilot of the small grants scheme. This scheme is intended to reach smaller, community based organisations who have an annual income of up to 10,000. The plot was launched in February 1997. These are the third set of awards.