Local community group, Mearns FM , is today celebrating after being awarded £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with local community groups and children in Portlethen. The station based in Stonehaven, will use the cash to kit out a brand new studio in Portlethen Church Hall.
Mearns FM has been running since 2009 and is staffed by over 30 volunteers.
The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see a new studio opened in Portlethen. This means that more people in the Portlethen area can access their own studio and broadcast on Mearns FM.
Peter Greig – Chairman, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to open a new studio in Portlethen. We have also applied to the radio regulator (OFCOM) to install a new FM transmitter in Portlethen to help improve coverage there too”
Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.