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Case Studies

Blackford Crafters

Blackford Crafters

Fri 19 Jan 2018

A small grant has allowed Blackford Crafters grow from strength to strength. The secret to their success is a warm welcome with no real expectations. A chance for local people to come together socially and be creative whether that is making a birthday card for someone or learning to crochet for the very first time. But what it has also done is provide a wonderful setting for sharing and developing skills in the wider community....

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Micro Grants Make a Mark In Dalavich

Micro Grants Make a Mark In Dalavich

Thu 30 Nov 2017

A micro-grant scheme allows projects which only require small amounts of funding to be supported without having to apply to the main fund. The scheme is open to individuals and un-constituted local groups, although constituted organisations can also be funded where this does not disadvantage other applicants. A simple application process – normally a short letter outlining the aims of the group, how much they are requesting and what the money is for - makes it attractive for less formalised groups to apply. The scheme is usually operated by the community council or another body that represents the local community and is capable of disbursing small amounts of money....

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Preserving Eredine's Hearbeat

Preserving Eredine's Hearbeat

Thu 30 Nov 2017

SLACC received a grant of £2,900 from An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund to purchase and install a portable automatic external defibrillator (AED) in a redundant BT kiosk. The project had been identified via the community consultations, in response to the needs of an ageing population in this remote area where ambulances usually take more than 40 minutes to reach the site of an incident. The availability of the defibrillator benefits approximately 120 residents within the South Loch Awe-side area. It is centrally located and is within a few minutes walking or driving distance from all the inhabited houses in the Eredine/Durran area and is accessible from other houses and tourist accommodation along the lochside road....

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Supporting Education

Supporting Education

Tue 21 Nov 2017

The Burnhead Moss Education & Training Fund was set up in 2016 by EDF-ER and Foundation Scotland to contribute to improving local people’s skills and prospects by providing annual financial support to residents of Blackridge, Avonbridge & Standburn and Limerigg & Slamannan to pursue further academic and professional qualifications. ...

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The Larder

The Larder

Fri 17 Nov 2017

In early 2017, The received a grant of £45K over three years from the David and Averil MacDonald Trust to help cover the cost of employing a full-time manager who would focus on the development of hospitality training opportunities and work experience for young people. Since receiving the grant; the Larder have seen an increase in sales, delivered to more young people and increase the number of venues that they work from. ...

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Cultivating allotments and connections in Tillicoultry

Cultivating allotments and connections in Tillicoultry

Fri 03 Nov 2017

Tillicoultry Allotment Association is a community asset that is going from strength to strength and providing a recreational, social, environmental and educational purpose to many local people in the town. But it’s taken a few attempts to get there. ...

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Creating space for friendship and fun for Menstrie’s older residents

Creating space for friendship and fun for Menstrie’s older residents

Fri 03 Nov 2017

Menstrie Community Council trialled a Senior Citizens Lunch Club, bringing together the elderly residents together on a fortnightly basis and giving them an opportunity to socialise together. The lunch club attracted 30 volunteers and a similar number of participants. The volunteers organized the meals, arranged transport and assisted anyone with particular needs. ...

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Blackridge Primary School Parent Council

Blackridge Primary School Parent Council

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Blackridge Primary School Parent Council is a relatively new group received a grant of £4000 from the Blackridge Community Fund. The group purchased a secure container and fitted it out with shelving and storage allowing them to store resources and equipment securely and efficiently. ...

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The Hub

The Hub

Wed 04 Oct 2017

In 2004, a group of volunteers came together and established the Kyle of Sutherland Youth Development Group. Its purpose was to address the lack of services for children and young people in the area. From humble beginnings running groups and activities in a converted double decker bus it progressed to a purpose-built facility called “The Hub”, which opened its doors in the summer of 2017. As well as being a place for young people to hang out The Hub is somewhere the whole community can enjoy. It is home to a fitness suite, café, soft play room, youth rooms, multi-use area and a second hand donations stand....

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Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust

Wed 04 Oct 2017

The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust was established in 2011 to promote development and strengthen the communities of Ardgay & District and Creich Community Council areas. Its key purpose is to work with and support community groups to maximise the facilities and services they can provide for the community as well as seeking inward investment in the area providing economic opportunities....

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