Funding boost for Clackmannanshire community
Fourteen community-led charitable groups in Clackmannanshire are celebrating their share of £38,664 as the latest round of funds from EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund are announced.
The groups are all located within Alva, Menstrie, Dollar, Muckhart and Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton & Devonside and decisions were made by a volunteer panel of local residents.
Alva Glen Heritage Trust is one of 14 projects receiving funding. The Trust will use their £4,144 grant to enhance the Glen with new sculptures, interpretation boards and planters, plus a new bike rack for two-wheeled visitors. Funds will also be used for vital maintenance of the paths, railings and bridges.
"Alva Glen is a haven for people and wildlife. This popular visitor attraction is maintained by a local group of dedicated volunteers. This grant will allow us to enhance the visitor experience and to further benefit the biodiversity of the area."
Claire Campbell, from Alva Glen Heritage Trust
First time applicant Muckhart Community Council will also be using their grant to enhance the natural environment. Their £2,500 award will create a new Nature Trail with an educational theme on the existing path to the local Primary School.
Other beneficiaries in this latest round included:
- Playpen Cafe CIC (£5,000) To continue providing homecooked meals to older people across the Hillfoots Forth Valley Vikings (£1,565), To fund much needed training and off-field equipment for the new rugby team.
- Alva Development Trust (£5,000) To replace the boiler in the Cochrane Hall to provide reliable heating for users of the hall.
- Alva Community Council (£3,447), To purchase PPE, wet weather clothing, small tools and equipment for the Alva Community Resilience Team to help protect against the effects of flooding.
- Tillicoultry Scout and Guide Hall Committee, (£3,710) To fund groundworks and awnings to increase the use of outdoor space for its young members to utilise.
- Tillicoultry Golf Club, (£2,000), To fund repairs to the roof's Locker Room section, which will enhance the club's facilities.
- Hillfoots Rugby Football Club, (£3,580), To upgrade and refurbish the facilities in the clubhouse.
- Alva Golf Club, (£1,500), To fund the purchase of a mower to maintain the course for its members.
- Dollar Community Council, (£1,880), To install cycle racks and two benches at the Dollar end of the Devon Way for use by the community.
- Tillicoultry Centenary Hall Company Ltd, (£1,200), to fund the purchase of a shed for outdoor storage for users of the hall.
- Menstrie Mains Residents Association, £1,555), to fund a wildflower area with two fixed seating benches along the walkway to the cycle path that leads to the main Menstrie village and the settlements of Cambus and Tullibody.
- Dollar Horticultural & Garden Club, (£1,583), to help fund 76 hanging baskets and 31 planters for Dollar in Bloom.
Local groups will have another opportunity to apply to the EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund if they apply before 24 August 2021. To find out more, visit the fund page.
Image of Alva Glen Waterfall ©Colin Baxter