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Inspire Fund - Inspiring Communities

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Inspiring Communities

The National Lottery-funded Inspiring Communities was developed from the Inspire fund, an £8m investment of National Lottery funding to generate ‘more, wider and better’ participation in the arts.

Inspiring Communities fund provides more, wider, better participation in the arts, though ambitious projects developed by, and for, the community through:

  • More – increasing the number and range of people enjoying and taking part in the arts, particularly arts activity for and by children and young people,
  • Wider – making the arts available to those who have had little opportunity to participate in the past; ensuring a fair geographic spread of activities; and supporting projects across artforms and technologies,
  • Better – increasing further the quality of arts activities by supporting creative, ambitious projects.

Iain Munro, Co-Director of Arts congratulated the successful projects and added:

‘Introducing communities new to the arts to meaningful creative experiences has been a central theme of Inspiring Communities, as today’s announcement confirms.  Each of the successful projects offers something unique to each community, genuinely rooted in their experience and history and we believe only the start of a lifelong legacy of creative expression and participation.’

More than 170 projects applied and 17 projects were taken onto the Inspiring Communities programme.

The successful projects were considered by our Lottery Committee over two rounds of funding, in October 2009, and January 2010.

The successful projects are detailed below. We will be updating these pages with news from the projects.

  1. Music At The Brewhouse (Nationwide)
  2. Motherwell and Carnegie Colleges
  3. Glasgow Theatres Ltd (West Dunbartonshire)
  4. Seven Doors ( Edinburgh)
  5. Horsecross Arts ( Perth)
  6. Smallpetitklein Dance Company Limited and Scottish Youth Dance (Nationwide)
  7. Invergordon Off The Wall ( Highland)
  8. Calman Trust Ltd ( Highland)
  1. Scottish Book Trust (Nationwide)
  2. Scots Music Group (Edinburgh)
  3. Tenants First Housing Co-operative (Peterhead, Aberdeenshire)
  4. Big Issue Foundation Scotland (Glasgow)
  5. Creetown Initiative Ltd ( Dumfries and Galloway)
  6. Forth & District Millennium Wall Hanging Group ( South Lanarkshire)
  7. Ferguslie Park (Paisley, Renfrewshire)



  1. Music At The Brewhouse (nationwide): A landmark festival of international live music for children aged five to 16 years old, presenting a culturally diverse programme featuring everything from Bhangra and Bluegrass to Mbalax and Mariachi and touring nationally throughout Scotland.  Amount awarded £480,500. 

  2. Motherwell and Carnegie Colleges: A multi-artform programme of arts activity for prisoners in five pilot prisons. Project partners are Motherwell and Carnegie Colleges, the Scottish Prison Service, the National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish Opera, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Citizens Theatre and the Traverse Theatre. The programme will also look at the impact of the arts on literacy levels and engagement with learning.  Amount awarded £300,000.
  3. Glasgow Theatres Ltd (Glasgow): An audio-visual dance theatre project for young men aged 12 to 25 years old.  The project will have a specific focus of working with boys from West Dunbartonshire and the final work will be premiered at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal.  Amount awarded £265,905.
  4. Seven Doors (Edinburgh): This project will offer looked after children the opportunity to work with leading artists to develop and exhibit their own unique creativity. Based in Edinburgh, the children will have in-depth opportunities with arts and heritage venues across the city.  Amount awarded £221,250. 
  5. Horsecross Arts (Perth): A series of international multi-artform residencies in underrepresented communities across Perthshire as part of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the founding of the city of Perth in Horsecross.  Amount awarded £216,000. 
  6. Smallpetitklein Dance Company Limited (Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross) and Scottish Youth Dance (nationwide): these two projects both proposed inspiring boys and young men to engage with dance through a series of workshops.  Both organisations will be awarded development funding to look at ways the project can be rolled out collaboratively and nationally.  Amount awarded £200,000.
  7. Invergordon Off The Wall (Highland): 'Evolution’ an arts explosion generating creative expression by attracting locals and visitors alike.  The 18 month project will develop three public artworks reflecting the industrial history of Invergordon through expression in aluminium, glass and stone.  Amount awarded £200,739. 
  8. Calman Trust Ltd (Highland):  The 'Art Works' project is a three year project which aims to provide disadvantaged young people with experience of high quality engagement with the arts, as a means to widening their vision and through active participation promoting their ability and willingness to learn skills as a stepping stone towards independence. Amount awarded £117,466.
  9. Scottish Book Trust (Nationwide): Building on the success of SBT’s existing children’s book tours, this project will bring the best children’s authors to a bigger audience through new virtual events featuring world-class authors, filmed and broadcast live over the Internet offering thousands of children and young people across Scotland the chance to hear writers talking about their work.  Amount awarded £75,306.
  10. Scots Music Group (Edinburgh):  Homeless and isolated people in the Edinburgh area will have new opportunities to take part in Scotland’s living traditions. Working with a range of Scotland’s singers, musicians and dancers the project will provide hands-on workshops for new learners.  Scots Music Group  Amount awarded £75,750. 
  11. Tenants First Housing Co-operative (Aberdeenshire): This project will engage local people from the new housing estate of Roanheads in Peterhead, in the creation of permananent artworks to enhance a sense of place and community as well as draw together the local community through their engagement in the design and development of the artworks.  Amount awarded £60,000. 
  12. Big Issue Foundation Scotland (Glasgow):  Using writing, drawing, music and film-making, this integrated arts programme will offer homeless people creative tools for emotional expression. Amount awarded £56,705.
  13. Creetown Initiative Ltd (Dumfries and Galloway): ‘Moments and Memories’ is a twelve month project which will use the design and ideas of Adamson Square, created by the late Japanese Sculpture Hideo Furuta, as an inspirational springboard for a 12-month programme of themed events, inspired by the past and present of the place and people of Creetown.  Amount awarded £37,500.
  14. Forth & District Millennium Wall Hanging Group (South Lanarkshire):  'Inspiring Landscapes' seeks to interpret the changes in the rural landscape around the villages of Forth, connecting  the community with its natural environment through an integration of digital imaging techniques and traditional visual art forms.  Amount awarded £30,000.

  15. Ferguslie Park: The Tannahill Sound and Light Garden to be created in the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie park, Paisley, will be an outdoor gathering place for residents of all ages which will be designed and built by the local community and be a catalyst to enhance community involvement.  It aims to increase the community’s aspirations and provide an inspirational space, addressing the community’s need for artistic activities as well as transforming a green space in the heart of Ferguslie Park.   Amount awarded £187,500.



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