Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil and MSP Alasdair Allan have today welcomed the news that three organisations in the Western Isles have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Scotland programme.

The groups awarded the funding are: Garadh a Bhagh a Tuath in Barra who have received £78,614, Breasclete Community Association £100,000 and Guth Airson Iarrtasan Nis have been awarded £110,766. These are significant sums of money, which will make a big difference to these communities.

Alasdair Allan commented:

“These are substantial grants from the Lottery to three very worthy community projects, totalling nearly £300,000. The grant for Ness will allow for the redevelopment of Eoropie Dunes Park and other facilities and it is a credit to Ness that so much has been done already by volunteers to promote and plan this project.

“Garadh a Bhagh a Tuath who recently visited me in parliament, do outstanding work in Barra for people with a variety of needs, and the money they have received will I hope expand their garden and other projects. Meanwhile Breasclete Community Association has come up with a really useful project, which will help connect the village and benefit residents and tourists alike.

“These are all projects which have come about after much work in the community, and I congratulate all three on their success.”

Angus MacNeil said:

“It is a credit to these three organisations in Ness, Breasclete and Barra that they have received this substantial funding from the Big Lottery Fund and it is a credit to the volunteers who work on behalf of these groups and put the time and effort in to ensure that these areas have superb facilities.

“We are fortunate in the Western Isles that so many people give their free time to help promote their different communities.

“These are significant sums of money for projects that are very worthwhile and will make a huge difference in their respective communities.”