Showtime for Balloch Primary School after Scotmid grant

"It’s great that Scotmid operate a community grant scheme and we are very thankful that they have supported us."

A primary school in Balloch has become the proud owner of a new sound system thanks to a Scotmid community grant. The grant of £400 was awarded by Scotmid’s North Regional Committee as part of the organisation’s community grant scheme.

The new speaker, which is portable, is set to benefit both the school and the local community, and will be used for performances in the school hall and throughout Balloch.

Lorna McDermott, Chair of Balloch Fundraising Group, made the community grant application. She said: “I think it’s important for local primary schools to be supported by businesses in their community. Scotmid has always been very good to us and the store is located just across the road from our school. It’s great that Scotmid operate a community grant scheme and we are very thankful that they have supported us in this way. The application process was very quick and easy, too.”

Erin Pipe, Store Manager of Scotmid Balloch, said: “At Scotmid, we’re proud to be at the heart of our community and support local projects, and Balloch is a lovely community. The school give us a lot of support, so it’s nice for us to be able to give something back. We’re looking forward to hearing how the kids get on with their performances and shows with their new sound system.”

Scotmid donates around a quarter of a million pounds to local causes through its community grant scheme each year. Applications are encouraged for projects that support children and education, active lifestyles, the environment, health promotion, the elderly, homelessness, Fairtrade, arts and culture, and charity.

Community groups and projects can apply by completing a community grant form from their local Scotmid store or online at Community groups and projects must meet certain criteria to be considered for funding. The applications are then considered by their Regional Committee before being awarded.

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