LGBT GROUPS CELEBRATE LOTTERY WINDFALLS

LGBT organisations across Scotland are celebrating investment from The National Lottery Community Fund today, worth almost £40,000.

Hebridean Pride, which takes place on the Isle of Lewis on Saturday 1st June, has been successful in a funding bid of £9,550 which will be used to organise a health and wellbeing market, crafts, a youth pride cafe and an exhibition.

Perthshire Pride will receive £10,000 for their event, to be held on 10th August in Perth city centre.  The event attracted over 2,000 people for the inaugural event in 2018, following a community consultation managed by Pink Saltire.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, the operators of the DAB radio service Gaydio have been awarded £10,000 to deliver a radio skills training course to LGBT+ people in the city.  The Manchester-based group were also awarded £10,000 recently by Transport Scotland for their Gaydio Academy ‘Travel Smart Glasgow’ programme.

And in Edinburgh, coming out courses for LGBT adults will be organised by LGBT Health & Wellbeing after a grant of £10,000 was awarded to the charity today.

Today’s funding is part of a £1.5million investment from the National Lottery Awards for All programme – a quick and simple way to access small National Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000.

A spokesperson for Hebridean Pride said in a statement on Facebook:

“On behalf of Hebridean Pride – the most northernly Pride in the UK, we would like to thank National Lottery Awards for All for supporting our funding application As a result of being awarded £9.550 we will be able to bring together our isolated LGBT+ community, introducing a ‘Safe Space’ initiative with local businesses and bring the whole community together to celebrate inclusion by holding our first Pride festival in the Western Isles.”

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