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Doric Board invites groups and individuals to apply for grant funding

Students are being encouraged to join a new Doric course at Aberdeen University.
Students are being encouraged to join a new Doric course at Aberdeen University.

A north-east heritage group, which encourages and promotes the Doric culture, has invited people to apply for grant projects in the coming months.

Following the success of the inaugural Doric Board New Year Awards this year, the scheme has now opened up for its second round of applications with successful projects to be announced early in 2021.

The Doric Board (North-East Tradition and Language – NETAL) was created to energise public appreciation of the region’s exceptional heritage of Doric language, music, ballad, song, story, history, lore, and the creativity of those who live and work in the area.

It aims to be a powerful voice for social and economic regeneration, and a driver towards a national Scots language board.

The organisation offers grants to applicants who reside in the north east to assist in the funding of projects which comply with the board’s objectives.

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These are designed to highlight and promote the language, traditions and culture and the scheme was created with the support of the Scottish Government to develop and support a sustainable, dynamic future for Doric as a vibrant language.

In 2020, a total of 18 locally-based projects were supported with funding boosts up to £1,000 each, which led to the development of several projects and the publication of new books, including a celebration of Forgotten Heroines of the North East by Mike Gibb.

The organisation’s chairwoman Frieda Morrison said: “The Board appreciates that, given social distancing implications, this year has been a challenging time for performers and musicians.

Frieda Morrison is the chairwoman of the Doric Board.

“In a commitment to show support, applications are especially being encouraged from individuals and groups from within the performing arts.”

Those wishing to get involved should email the Doric Board by December 12 and funds will be made available to successful applicants the in mid-January 2021.

To find out more, visit the website at www.doricboard.com or email info@doricboard.com

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