Digital skills academy plan secures £10,000 grant from BIG Lottery Fund
Plans to establish a digital skills academy and entertainment complex in the Scottish birthplace of the father of television John Logie Baird have been given a major boost with the news that the charity behind the project has secured almost £10,000 in Lottery funding.
The money comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Investing In Ideas’ programme which gives grants of between £500 and £10,000 to test and develop ideas that could eventually become fully fledged projects. It means that the organisers behind the Heroes Centre in Helensburgh can now employ professional consultants to prepare and market the formal business plan for the project.
Phil Worms, director of the charity Helensburgh Heroes, said: “This is fantastic news and gives us the financial leg up that we need to really get this project off the ground. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we will now be able to present a professional business plan, including detailed drawings, to potential stakeholders and commercial partners and redouble our efforts to get financial backing for the Heroes Centre.”
The charity recently launched a £2 million fundraising campaign to help turn a deserted Victorian warehouse in the coastal town into a three storey digital skills academy and cinema complex. The Heroes Centre will train people of all ages in new media and aims to fill a skills gap in the Scottish economy.
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “It can often be challenging for groups to get their projects off the starting blocks. Thanks to Investing in Ideas we can offer support at an early stage and help establish if a project idea is feasible and will deliver change in the longer term. We wish the Heroes Centre the greatest of success, as they begin turning their project idea into reality.”
The campaign to build the Heroes Centre has a number of celebrity supporters. One of its ambassadors, the actor Lex Shrapnel said: “This is great news. We really want to make this happen and this will help us on our way.”