Environmental Trust has cash to give away

LOCALLY, Craigo Village Hall is the most recent project to receive an award from the Angus Environmental Trust.

But there is still money available, and the Trust is keen to hear from organisations which would qualify for help.

The Trust has been funding projects around Angus, through The Landfill Communities Fund, for more than 13 years.

In early 2011 the Board of directors agreed to extend the remit of the Trust and consider applications from community groups with regard to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to assist with the improvement of village halls across Angus.

Roy Madden, chairman, says grants have been awarded to seven projects with a total value just under £70,000.

The range of projects supported has been diverse, with the highest value being match funding of some £19,000 to Eassie Nevay and Kirkinch Community Hub for the renewable system for the new facility. Craigo Village Hall, The Annie Gilruth Memorial Hall, Auchmithie; Aberlemno Village Hall, Murroes Community Hall and Monikie War Memorial Hall have all received grants ranging between £2,500 and £15,000 to improve the insulation qualities of their halls.

Works have comprised a range of improvements from installation of wall, ceiling and floor insulation, to installation of new energy efficient windows and doors.

All the works are envisaged to make the year-round use of the facilities more comfortable for the users and more sustainable both economically and environmentally.

The most recent grant is to The Retreat in Glenesk for works to improve the viability and benefit of their existing renewable system.

The Trust would be pleased to receive further applications for community-led projects of this type as well as projects to provide improvements to other types of public amenities.

These range from works to improve the external environs of village halls, improvements to parks, and path and access projects on both a small or medium scale, works to other types of public amenities will also be considered.

Funding is also available for conservation and biodiversity projects.

All projects must be for public benefit and meet the criteria of the Trust and importantly be eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund.

If you are looking for guidance or for the mechanism to undertake improvements to an area near you for the benefit of the community, contact Angus Environmental Trust, by telephone on 01307 473334 or send an e-mail to phillipsge@angus.gov.uk