More than £480,000 of National Lottery funding was invested into Banff and Buchan last year according to figures released last week.
Across the area, 27 grants were awarded, providing a vital cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.
Among those to benefit last year were Peterhead Sea Cadets who received £10,000 to purchase a new engine for the TS Caledonia safety boat and two kayaks to further develop water sport opportunities available to young people in the area.
Theatre Modo Ltd also picked up a £10,000 award to run a CircoModo workshop in the Peterhead and New Pitsligo, targeted towards ‘at risk’ young people aged 11-25.
In Fraserburgh, Lochpots School received £9,581 to enhance the playground by installing an adventure trail to encourage active play.
Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2014 open for entries.
John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “National Lottery players raise £33 million every week for a wide range of projects which make a life changing difference to local communities.
“The Awards are a great way of celebrating their work and the unsung heroes helping people with National Lottery funding.
“Everyone in Banff and Buchan who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the local community.
“If you know of a Lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.”
If you want to see a project from Banff and Buchan celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 293 3599. Projects wishing to enter can do so by visiting the website. Entries must be received by midnight on March 12.