The Big Lottery Fund has awarded cash to Perth's troubled Horsecross Arts to develop singing, dance and drama work with disadvantaged under-fives.

The Little Stars scheme, which was awarded £9800, aims to help children improve their confidence, and communication skills.

Head of creative learning Noelle Cobden said: "For a high proportion of the children, we are working with, this is their first experience of the arts."

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Horsecross Arts operates Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre. It confirmed last year it had a £500,000 hole in its finances, and faced a mass resignation of board members. However new chairman Magnus Linklater said the organisation had "got on top" of its financial woes.

The grant is among £900,000 of grants being made to 22 organisations working with young Scots announced by the Big Lottery Fund this week.