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Asda Foundation has opened up invitations to its second round of grants following highland dance group Dannsairean Màiri’s own success story with a grant.

COMMUNITY groups around Scotland have been urged to apply for a Grassroots Grant as part of an Asda Foundation initiative following the result of monetary funding from Asda Govan.

After the supermarket store applied for funding from the Asda Foundation, the highland dancing group Dannsairean Màiri received an Under 18 Better Starts grant of £1,130.

The funding went on to launch the dance group’s Highland Dancing Competition, which took place between 19-21 April this year.

Anne MacLean, chairperson at Dannsairean Màiri, said: “We were delighted to launch our inaugural event on the Isle of Benbecula to provide competition accessibility to more dancers, as we know travelling to the mainland to compete can be costly.

“Without the Asda Foundation funding, it is unlikely that this first of its kind event would have taken place, as the fund helped to pay for tuition and hall fees, as well as adjudicators for the competition.”

Groups in Scotland are encouraged to apply for the Asda Foundation’s second round of grants up until 24 May.

There is over £500,000 in funding to be allocated as part of the initiative this year and will go towards groups who successfully receive a grant in support summer holiday activities this year, from holiday clubs to community clean ups and foodbanks, there is a wide range of support available.

Martin Kendal, Asda Foundation communication and impact advisor, said: “We’re delighted that Dannsairean Màiri has benefitted from this grant in such a positive way, and the Asda Foundation is proud to open its second round of grants, where £500k is available for local grassroots groups across the UK.

“The grants can range between £400 and £2000 and will need to be supported by a Community Champion at your local Asda store. In 2023, Asda Foundation grants supported 277 groups in Scotland with funding totalling £222,901.”