£1m for projects for old and young Scots

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The Big Lottery Fund has announced the successful organisations to be funded from the latest dormant bank account cash

13th February 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Scottish charities have received a funding boost from dormant bank and building society accounts.

Almost £1 million which has been lying in accounts that have not been used for at least 15 years will be shared between 23 projects.

Generation Arts Association is amongst the charities which will benefit from the £957,526 pot, and hopes to use a grant of £11,928 to unite dancers young and old in Livingston. The A Fizzy Vintage project will bring together a group of teenage dancers known as Fizzy, and a new company of dancers aged 60 to 77, called Vintage.

The association’s Joanne Brown said: "Intergenerational work has been a passion of ours for a long time but resources don't often allow for a project of this scope.

"Importantly for us behind the scenes, this award will also galvanise Vintage and help to raise their profile.

"Vintage are on the hunt for more members as they're still newly formed, so it is a great time for any older dancers out there to come along and get back to dancing."

The Big Lottery Fund was instructed to distribute dormant accounts by the Scottish Government in September 2011.

Maureen McGinn, chairwoman of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: "This funding will allow thousands of young Scots to pursue their hopes and aspirations while also building skills and confidence for the future.

"I am delighted that Generation Arts Association will benefit as part of this investment, allowing young people to explore their passion for dance and performance, while making new connections with older people in their communities."