£1,200 award for town club

MONTROSE Cricket and Rugby Club has been awarded more than £1,200 in the latest round of funding from Angus Council’s community grant scheme.

It was part of an allocation of eight grants worth £6,854 to voluntary organisations across the county, bringing the total investment in community projects over the financial year to more than £171,000.

The cash, agreed at last Tuesday’s meeting of the council’s infrastructure services committee, will be used to help upgrade the club’s changing rooms.

Infrastructure services convener and local councillor David May said: “As a Montrose councillor I am particularly pleased to see that the committee supported the grant to Montrose and District Cricket and Rugby Club of £1,208 which will assist the excellent club with the upgrading of the club’s changing rooms.

“The success of the community grant scheme is evident from both the volume and variety of applications that have been received and approved in the past 12 months. Through these grants the council can support our local voluntary organisations’ projects and activities; providing that extra bit of funding to help the community run groups to buy equipment or arrange activities.

“When we set our 2011/12 budget the council agreed to top up the community grant fund with a further investment of £100,000. This will ensure that we can continue to support the people and organisations that are making such an important contribution to community life in Angus.

“For many of these voluntary organisations the extra bit of funding has made a huge difference to what they have been able to achieve in their communities.”

Other projects to benefit include Angus Open Studios which received £980 towards the cost of printing the catalogues for its first open studio event involving between 20 and 40 local artists; Communication and Performance Examinations which was awarded £660 to assist with costs of the Festival of the Spoken Word for local schools; £900 was awarded to the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for musicians and venue for school children to learn traditional dance; Tayside Agricultural Training Group £1,000 to assist with the cost of providing animal health and welfare training for the agricultural workforce; £920 has been given to Kirriemuir Youth Power for a residential weekend at Belmont Camp; £686 awarded to the Dundee & Angus Radio Controlled Car Klub will fund improvements to its track layout and Farnell WRI’s committee received £500 to buy 50 chairs to replace current seating.