Community groups benefit from cash boosts

Air cadets Kirkcaldy squadron
Air cadets Kirkcaldy squadron

A number of community organisations from across Fife are sharing National Lottery funding worth £2,015,070.

Two groups in Kirkcaldy are now reaping the benefits of large cash grants from Awards for All Scotland in partnership with sportscotland and Big Lottery Fund.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are awarded to a number of different projects across Scotland that help to bring communities together to enjoy a wide range of activities and will also benefit the people in the area.

Kirkcaldy Bridge Club which gets together at the Adam Smith Centre on a weekly basis, was given £5095.

This will allow the club to carry out a planned project that aims to benefit those that are already members and will also allow it to increase capacity through the purchase of new equipment.

A club spokesman said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded funding.”

“We are all really surprised at the amount that we received from the Big Lottery.

“The money is such a great and welcomed addition to the club.”

Air Training No 1192 (Kirkcaldy) Squadron which is based at Valley Primary School in the town, got £3261.

The squad will use the money to purchase specialised ICT equipment and software.

This would enable it to deliver a training programme which would allow cadets to progress from junior to staff cadet.

The squadron had applied for funding and were successful as they met the criteria of benefitting the community and the local people.

Steve Harper, flight lieutenant at the Kirkcaldy squadron said: “It was most pleasing to be awarded lottery funding towards the cost of enhancing our IT capability.

“We will use it to purchase new PC equipment to better deliver our training programme, enabling our cadets to access training material and our online examination suite.

“Our staff and cadets will also use the equipment for administrative purposes, production of training and publicity material and use of flight simulator programmes.

“I would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for making this possible.”