Scotland launches fund

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EventScotland, Scotland's events agency, has launched a fund to help organisations stage events in celebration of Scotland's role as the host of the XXth Commonwealth Games.

Marking the beginning of Scotland's journey towards Glasgow 2014, the Games for Scotland programme funded by the Scottish Government is designed to inspire, develop and support a range of exciting events and activities this autumn to promote pride in Scotland's people around the hosting of the Games and Scotland's Commonwealth heritage. The Games for Scotland programme will coincide with the momentous handover of the Commonwealth Games flag in Delhi on 14 October 2010. Sporting and cultural events that are successful in the application for funding, which is from existing budgets, will deliver a celebration of contemporary Scotland and its place on the global stage. Shona Robison, minister for public health and sport, said: "The Delhi Handover Ceremony in October will mark a special moment on the journey towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. As part of our legacy plans we have made clear that we want all of Scotland to capitalise on this opportunity to host the biggest multi–sport event in our history. This fund, which will support a programme of events marking the handover and will inspire people and communities from across the country to get involved, firmly establishing these as a 'Games for Scotland'. "Glasgow 2014 chief executive John Scott said: "We are delighted with the announcement of this new fund, and will work together to ensure that we make the most of the opportunities that hosting the Commonwealth Games brings that will benefit people in Glasgow and across Scotland. "Accessible to everyone, the programme will play a vital role in generating excitement around the countdown to one of the biggest sporting events ever hosted on Scottish soil. Applications for events will be led by EventScotland through local authorities. For further information on the programme and how to apply visit: www. EventScotland. org

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