LEADER grants help many projects

Grants amounting to £243,678.05 have been awarded by Rural Tayside LEADER Local Action Group to eight projects in rural Tayside.

This brings the total grant awarded to £2,375,116.22 and the number of projects supported to 116 since the programme started in 2008.

These awards have been made possible by an extra £134,500 recently awarded to the Rural Tayside LEADER Programme by the Scottish Government.

The grants will help a diverse range of groups and organisations to move forward their ideas and develop new opportunities and assets in the area.

The awards are: Guthrie Hall Committee: £15,140.84 to construct a modest extension to Guthrie Hall which is sympathetic and in keeping with the architectural style.

Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust: £4,099 to run a five day training for trainers course aimed at community payback supervisors and volunteers, which will focus on traditional building skills.

Dunkeld Community Archive: £37,385 to preserve the cultural heritage of the Dunkeld district for future generations and involves renovating a redundant building at The Cross, Dunkeld, to provide environmental storage and easily accessible space.

Friends of the Birks Cinema : £21,854.45 to appoint a financial co-ordinator for the £1.4 million Birks Cinema project to ensure that the building and refurbishment works run according to plan and to manage the funding budget.

Comrie Development Trust: £47,094.50 to provide valuable staffing complement to support volunteers and help deliver a range of activities.

BEPTA (Blairgowrie and Eastern Perthshire Tourism Association) Jampionships project: £25,300 to build on the success of a pilot Jampionships jam making contest held last year. Jampionships will engage with growers, jam makers, visitors and local people and create new partnerships and activities.

RSPB Loch of Lowes Visitor Centre: £67,044.26 to promote the visitor centre, famous for its visiting Osprey, and ensure that the facilities can accommodate and offer the best possible experience for visitors.

RSPB Loch Leven: £25,000 to enhance the facilities and interpretation at the visitor centre by providing additional car parking space, improving the shop and café and upgrading the interpretation and access to the reserve.

The Rural Tayside LAG encourages constituted community groups, business networks, trusts and voluntary sectors organisations to convert their ideas into local action The remaining fund will be committed at the next meeting on Thursday, June 14.

For more information about the LAG and the LEADER programme, contact Rita Callander 01307 473239