On the money: South Side groups cash in with grants
GROUPS on the South Side are celebrating after receiving funding that will support innovative projects from the UK’s first Roma film festival to a primary school’s community allotment.
Blackfriars Primary School was given the largest sum from the Southside Central Area Partnership.
The Gorbals school was awarded £7,225 for a community allotment and community sensory gardens.
Govanhill Baths Community Trust has earned funding of £4600 for its “festival like no other” – the Govanhill International Festival and Carnival.
Community Champion winners Active Life Club, which this year celebrates its 20 anniversary, has been given £4997 towards making the celebrations go with a bang.
Fatima Uygun, of Govanhill Baths Community Trust, said: “The grant will enable us to work with schools, youth and community groups to produce bunting, costumes and decorations for the carnival parade. The grant will also deliver children’s activiNecropolis ties during the carnival.
“The festival has proved a huge success in celebrating the unique diversity of Govanhill and promoting unity.”
Other groups awarded funding include SEAL Community Health Project, which received £2520 for a project helping social excluded residents.
Queen’s Park Arena now has £5227 towards the cost of upgrading the infrastructure.
Friends of the Southern will be awarded £2990 for a preservation and conservation project.
The Gorbals Fair Committee was granted £3000 for this year’s Gorbals Fair Day.
Councillor Soryia Siddique said: “Active Life Club (ALC) has been transforming lives through sports since 1999. It has now reached its landmark anniversary of 20 years and received financial support from the Southside Central Area Partnership to hold a celebration event to mark this occasion.
“I look forward to joining them in the celebration ahead.
“I’m also delighted Blackfriars Primary School received funding in support of a Community Allotment and Community Sensory Garden.
“This will allow children and families to benefit from planting fruit, vegetables and access to the outdoors.
“Govanhill International Carnival and Festival was awarded funding for a fun day which I look forward to.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at last year’s Govanhill Carnival