£90k boost for community groups
March 7, 2012
ALMOST £30,000 has been awarded to a local organisation to appoint a development manager for a year.
The money – part of a package of over £90,000 – has been given to the Latheron, Lybster and Clyth Community Development Company.
The money will be used for a development manager to help the organisation install a community owned wind farm, develop its community and business resource, promote carbon dioxide reduction and renewable energy and develop a community woodland.
The LLCCDC, which received £29,850, is just one of eight voluntary and community groups from throughout the Far North to get grants from the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund.
The Wick HarbourFest Committee received £20,000 towards a three-day Diamond Jubilee event which is to be held at Wick harbour in June to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years as monarch.
A grant of up to £11,444 was awarded to Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau for its volunteer recruitment and support project. The money will help recruit two part-time officers at CAB offices in Wick and Thurso.
A grant of up to £5000 and conditional on match funding has been given to the Thrumster Multi Sports Area Project which will incorporate activities such as football, netball, basketball, hockey and cricket.
Other local groups which have been helped include Dunnet Forestry Trust, which was awarded £14,248 towards the construction of a log cabin woodland shelter in Dunnet Forest, and Caithness Biodiversity Group, which got £7035 to help create a plant nursery and therapeutic garden at Ormlie in Thurso.A conditional grant of up to £4492 has been awarded to the Bettyhill Village Hall committee to help provide an improved venue for social and cultural events and performances. The money will also help refurbish the hall’s toilet facilities.
Commenting on the first round of grants, which totalled £92,000, CNSF chairman John Henderson, said: “We were very encouraged to see a wide range of good projects coming forward to the fund, and pleased to be able to support many of these in our first round of awards. “People in the Caithness and North Sutherland communities are working hard to improve the quality of life for all of us.”
The Caithness and North Sutherland Fund is a company set up to distribute a community benefit package provided by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as a planning condition for the low-level waste facility currently being developed at Dounreay.
The NDA provided £1 million at the start of construction of the new facility in early November and will give a further £300,000 each year until 2023.
CNSF aims to assess applications quarterly and closing dates for the assessment rounds in 2012 are April 6, July 6 and October 5.
Voluntary and community organisations in the Dounreay travel-to-work area can apply for money for projects that meet the aims of the fund and fit with the NDA’s socioeconomic policy.
Interested groups should check the CNSF website – http://www.cnsf.org.uk – or contact David Shearer, CNSF fund co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: John O’Groat Journal (http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/90k-boost-for-community-groups-05032012.htm)