Funding applications for community groups

A NUMBER of local groups have applied for funding from Angus Council’s Community Grant Scheme.

The decision of whether to award funding or not was made at a meeting of the infrastructure services committee as the Dispatch went to press on Tuesday.

Viewmount Voices have requested £696.86 towards garden materials. Their application states: “The group aims to carry out a number of activities, including a litter pick, tidying gardens and producing a newsletter, involving the local community and making the area a cleaner and safer place to live.

“The group wishes to purchase garden materials, including half barrels, shrubs, plants and bark, to replace an old shrubbery. Members of the community will carry out work themselves, bringing people together and increasing involvement in the group.”

The Airlie Silver Surfers have requested £344.71 towards buying ink cartridges, paper, a long stapler and staples.

Their application states: “The group requested funding to buy materials needed for the production of a bi-annual booklet ‘On your Doorstep’ providing information of services and forthcoming events in the area.

“The project will enable the group to use existing, and learn new IT skills, and provide information to local residents, increasing community participation, and the membership of local groups.

African Drum Village, Glenisla, have requested £670 towards toilet hire for the week long festival held in Glenisla.

The application states: “The event is the only one of its kind held in Scotland and attracts visitors from all parts of the UK and Europe.

“It impacts on the local economy as visitors use local shops and transport.

“The organisers also use a local company to provide the toilets, local entertainers for a ceilidh, hire Glen Isla village hall and Angus Arts to provide children’s activities.

“Residents of Glen Isla are allowed free entry to the entertainment.”

The Kirriemuir Pantomime Group has requested £668 to go towards the running of their annual pantomime.

The Drug Initiative Group, Forfar has requested £2,800 towards safety flooring and carpet.

The application states: “This fits in with the themes of the community grant scheme by assisting them to keep their premises in a good state of repair which will bring a sense of welcome and a nice place to be in.

“This in turn will encourage more involvement by young people wanting to be there and will also offer more opportunity to let the premises out to their partners.”

The Westmuir Village Hall Association has requested £4,940 to go towards upgrading the entrance canopy, a new main entrance door, paving, treatment to the external walls of the hall, metal ramps and associated works for disabled access, baby changing mat and shelf in the exisiting toilet for the disabled, new WC cubicle partition in female toilet, provision of hot water in the toilets and professional fees for planning consultations, building warrant and supervision.

The application states: “This is a worthwhile project that will benefit a significant number of people. It will bring people together and enhance the civic pride which already exists in Westmuir.

“Westmuir is constantly growing with new homes and providing these necessary improvements will greatly assist with continued usage of this small hall, which creates a community focus point in the village.”