The Spirit of 2012 Trust, an Olympics legacy charity set up in November, has decided to award £3.5m to 14 communities around the UK to mark the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
All 14 communities will receive £250,000 each to develop local projects that are geared towards bringing people together and tackling areas of need.
The funding will be made over three years to the communities,. Three of them will be in Glasgow and a further three across Scotland, with the other communities yet to be decided.
UK Community Foundations, the membership body for community foundations, Strive NI, a sports community interest company in Northern Ireland, and Springboard, a capacitybuilding charity, will act as delivery partners.
The trust was established in November by the Big Lottery Fund, using an endowment of £46m from the sale of the Olympic and Paralympic villages, to fund projects that capture the spirit of London 2012.
Lord Coe, chair of the London 2012 organising committee and current chair of the British Olympic Association, welcomed the funding. He said: "It is hugely encouraging to see that Spirit of 2012 is investing in a real legacy of Glasgow 2014. By supporting these 14 communities for the next three years, Spirit demonstrates a commitment to long-term change, not quick fixes, right across the UK."
Dugald Mackie, chair of Spirit, added: "Spirit is ensuring that money generated as a legacy of the London Games is directly creating a legacy for Glasgow 2014. The obstacles to people benefiting from and being involved in events such as the Commonwealth Games can range from geographical to financial to psychological. We aim to help reduce these barriers."