Groups from across Angus and the Mearns had the opportunity to find out what lottery funding is available to them.
On Friday afternoon (March 21) Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North and Mearns, welcomed The Big Lottery Fund to a funding event held in the Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk.
The session was aimed at giving local groups and organisations the opportunity to meet with Big Lottery Fund representative, Andrew Lindsay, to find out what funding was available for them and how to apply.
The Big Lottery Fund focuses on the changes projects can make over time rather than just the service they provide, for example, improving job prospects for young people.
Various groups attended the event from Montrose, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Gourdoun, Marykirk, Forfar and Edzell Woods.
Nigel Don said the event was “successful” in giving groups the information they need in order to apply for funding.
The event consisted of a presentation from Mr Lindsay, which was followed by a question and answer session.
Representatives from individual groups were then given the opportunity to speak to Mr Lindsay on a one to one basis about specific queries they had.
Nigel Don said of the event: “This has been a great opportunity for community groups in the Angus North and Mearns area to receive information and advice on how to apply for funding.
“These groups have a huge impact on our communities and this event proved highly beneficial.”
The Big Lottery Fund gives grants from £300 to more than £500,000 to organisations, ranging from small local groups to major national charities.
For more information about how groups and charities can receive grants from the Big Lottery Fund, please visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding.
For more details about projects in Scotland log on to www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland.