A new £4 million fund set up to support Scots to celebrate their part in the Commonwealth before, during, and after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opened on Tuesday April 30 2013.
Celebrate is a joint scheme originated by the Scottish Lottery Distributor’s Forum (SLDF) offering funding for events and projects which celebrate Glasgow 2014 or that are inspired by Scottish links to the 71 nations and territories which make up the Commonwealth.
Speaking at the launch of this new fund at the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport said:
“Creating exciting opportunities for communities across Scotland is what Celebrate is all about. We want people to have fun, be excited and to create a legacy that will be around long after the Games have taken place. Wherever you are in Scotland, I would encourage you to be part of it and join in the celebration.”
Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, added: “With the launch of the Go Scotland! supporters campaign last week, and now this exciting new fund there are fantastic opportunities for communities across Scotland to really be part of the excitement around the Commonwealth Games.
“There is a real scope for clubs, schools and community groups to be creative about how they celebrate and we hope they will rise to the challenge, using the Games to encourage more people to try something new and hopefully embark on a life-long journey in sport.”
Celebrate has been developed by the SLDF which is made up of all four Scottish Lottery Distributors, Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and sportscotland. It is open to applications from today for celebrations of the people, places and culture of the Commonwealth and of the Games themselves.
For more details, visit www.celebrateit.org.uk. If clubs would like to discuss ideas or need some help to get their plans put into place, please contact the SportDundee Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.