Five inspirational Scottish projects are celebrating this week, as they have all been announced as winners of this year’s People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund. The projects will share funding support of over £340,000 all raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery in Scotland.

With the Dream Fund’s fantastic support, dreams of a unique watersports centre for young people in the heart of Glasgow will become a reality. A mobile ‘food truck’ will travel the country to educate and inspire people to get involved with local produce, and a project which uses the memory of football will have the resources to help thousands of Scots with Dementia. The judges chose an additional two projects which will also receive part funding.

Mike Small, Director of The Fife Diet, which will develop The Seed Truck project in partnership with WWF Scotland said; “We are delighted and honoured, it’s really a dream come true. We look forward to an amazing year ahead where we'll be able to sow the seed of a sustainable food system across the whole of Scotland."

Jo Bucci, Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery also said; “Once again we have been overwhelmed by our winning projects. They all offer something totally unique for the country in both passion and creativity. We are proud that at a time when funding opportunities are becoming increasingly thin, we are, thanks to our growing number of players, able to offer another new opportunity for the sector.”

The winners were announced last night (Tuesday 31 January) at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Lottery also announced that the players have so far raised over £16.3million for charities and good causes across Great Britain, and presented the 14 charity beneficiaries with their cheques for funds raised in 2011.

Winners

Active Lives: Pinkston Paddlesports Centre (awarded £100,000)
Waterways Trust Scotland with Glasgow Watersports and British Waterways Scotland

The Pinkston Paddlesports Centre will be a unique outdoor watersports centre in the heart of North Glasgow. Based on the Forth and Clyde Canal at Port Dundas, it will provide facilities for all types of canoeing, including a white water course, and other water activities.

Climate Change: Food Truck (awarded £93,300)
WWF Scotland with Fife Diet

A highly visible mobile ‘Food Truck’ unit that will offer dynamic and practical workshops focused on food and climate change. It will inspire practical action on growing local food and changing lifestyles in communities across Scotland.

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Volunteering: Football Reminiscence Project (awarded £75,852)
Alzheimer Scotland with The Scottish Football Association Museum Trust
A reminiscence project for football fans with dementia across Scotland, which will train volunteers to use historical football nostalgia to stimulate memories.

Runners-up:

Climate Change: The Wild Space (awarded £50,000)
John Muir Trust with Highland Perthshire Ltd
The development of an inspiring centre of activity and public engagement in Pitlochry called The Wild Space, where people can learn about our changing environment, ecosystems and wildlife.

Climate Change: The Mobile Outdoor Classroom (awarded £26,589)
The Ecology Centre with Kingdom Housing Association
A mobile classroom that will travel to children across Edinburgh, Fife and Tayside to teach them about nature and climate change using hands-on play, and providing examples of solar and water power.

About People’s Postcode Trust
People’s Postcode Trust is an independent grant giving organisation wholly funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The Trust distributes funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities. Funding is available for 3-month projects ranging from £500 up to £10,000 in Scotland and England, and up to £5,000 in Wales. All funding decisions are made by an independent board of Trustees.

In addition the Dream Fund gives registered charities and community organisations the opportunity to apply for up to £100,000 to deliver a new and innovative 12-month project that meets one of three funding criteria: 1) Helping Communities Lead an Active Life 2) Helping to Involve Volunteers and 3) Helping to Tackle Climate Change. A registered charity must partner with at least one other organisation to deliver a large scale ‘dream’ project.

The standard application process for projects under £10,000 is currently open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24th February. For full application details visit www.postcodetrust.org.uk

To date, over 628 projects across the UK have received £3.2 million in funding.