Funding boost for schools

ANGUS secondary schools have been among the winners in the most recent round of grants from the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

A joint project by the schools and the Church of Scotland has been awarded £1,350, one of six successful schemes across the county to attract funding announced by the Scottish Government.

The Angus projects were among 130 of the latest community initiatives to receive awards totalling over £8 million from the CCF.

Angus had previously not benefited from this fund, but after a well attended CCF seminar in February organised by Angus Council’s external funding team, several groups and schools were encouraged to apply in time to meet the deadline.

Five of the six successful groups had attended the seminar and received follow-up support and assistance with their applications.

The successful projects were: Church of Scotland/Angus secondary schools - £1,350, Edzell Village Improvement Society - £1,900, Strathmore Gardening Club - £2,277, Seaview Primary School - £8,000, Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club - £12,886 and Forfar Dramatic Club - £18,582.

Environment and climate change minister Roseanna Cunningham said: “Since CCF launched, it has attracted huge interest and I am delighted that our decision to extend the initiative into 2011-12 has encouraged so many high quality applications.”