Friday, 16th September, saw a successful funding fair held in the Best Western Park Hotel,

organised by local parliamentarians Michael Matheson and Angus MacDonald.


The event brought together over 100 delegates from a large number of local groups and

charities to hear from a variety of funding and support organisations. Following a series of

short presentations from the funders, time was set aside for informal networking.


Queues quickly developed with funders, including national organisations such as the

Big Lottery Fund Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as local funders

including the Falkirk Community Schools Charity Board spending around two hours

supporting groups from across the Falkirk District to find the most effective and relevant

funding packages available.


Local MSPs Michael Matheson and Angus MacDonald who jointly organised the event were

also joined by local MPs John McNally and Martyn Day at different times during the funding




Together, the team are keen to work with and continue to support the dedicated charities

and organisations that do great work across their constituencies.


Angus MacDonald, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Falkirk East, commented:


“Across the Falkirk District we have a fantastic array of charities, groups and organisations

which do amazing work in a variety of areas, from groups supporting children and young

people, and groups working with vulnerable adults, to groups concerned with the natural

heritage of our area.


“I’m therefore pleased to have received such positive feedback from the delegates of these

groups who attended the funding fair Michael and I organised. I hope that they will benefit

from strong relationships with funding organisations, and hopefully will subsequently receive

funding to support their important work."


Falkirk West’s MSP Michael Matheson added:


“Two years ago the Big Lottery Fund Scotland drew our attention to the fact that there was a

very low number of applications for finding coming from across the Falkirk district. Concerned

about this, Angus and I invited Big Lottery to Falkirk back then and held an informative event

for local groups which worked very well.


“We were delighted to hold another such successful event, bringing together a wider variety of

numbers to engage with a significant number of local groups.”


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