Invite to Midlothian groups

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A £4 million fund has been set up to give Midlothian groups the chance to pick up funding for events that celebrate Scotland’s part in the Commonwealth before, during and after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The National Lottery is offering funding for events and projects which celebrate the Games or that are inspired by Scottish links to the 71 nations and territories which make up the Commonwealth.

Speaking at the recent launch of the ‘Celebrate’ fund, 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.”

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland and Chair of the SLDF, added: “People will be arriving from all over the world for the Commonwealth Games. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to celebrate and share our heritage with them. With this new grant funding, everyone now has the opportunity to be part of something special as we showcase the history and culture of Scotland and its links to the Commonwealth nations.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “The eyes of the world will be on Scotland next year as Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games. With Celebrate we want to ensure that communities across Scotland are able to share the feel-good factor of the Games. This is the opportunity for everyone to get involved.”