Nearly 300 representatives of Scotland's ethnic minority communities voted on the destination of £250,000 worth of National Lottery funds after concerns that take-up of money from the lottery was low in some areas.
A drive to offer cooking classes to isolated black ethnic minority men was given £4200, while Zubair Hussain, 40, from Glasgow, will now train as a BSL interpreter after his project was given funding of £5198.
He said: "There are currently no ethnic minority interpreters in Scotland and I want to change that. This award will enable me to fully qualify as BSL interpreter so that I can better support the deaf community.
"Having cousins who are deaf really inspired me to learn sign language and I am over the moon that this money will now help me to gain a formal qualification."
Mohammed Ashraf, on behalf of the Cooking Classes for Men project, said: "Traditionally in the South Asian culture it is the woman who used to do all the cooking, but nowadays with many men and women both out at work it is so important that men learn to cook also. Based in an education centre in Cumbernauld, we will teach 10 men over the next 40 weeks how to cook healthy food."
After publicising the Awards for All small grants scheme through ethnic minority children and families charity roshni, the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland (Big Scotland) was deluged with applications totalling more than £1.3 million.
An initial pot of £100,000 was increased to £500,000 earlier this year and half of that was allocated in grants of up to £10,000 each for grassroots projects at a unique event in the southside of Glasgow on Thursday.
Ali Khan, roshni Executive Chair, said: "The event is only the beginning of a successful journey for such inspiring projects and we look forward to supporting projects further to help their ambition become a reality."