Ten groups get a big cash boost

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Ten local groups have between them been awarded nearly £19,000 from The Tullo Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

Administered by Mearns Area Partnership (MAP), the biggest single award went to Inverbervie Burgh Hall Management Committee for an urgent kitchen upgrade required to meet Care Commission standards.

Laurencekirk Youth & Community Venture will benefit from the second largest payout to replace outdated IT equipment.

The list of successful applicants is: 1st Inverbervie Scout Group, 1st St Cyrus Scout Group, Drumlithie Bowling Club, Gourdon Primary School, Inverbervie Burgh Hall Management Committee, Johnshaven First Responders, Laurencekirk Amateur Musical Society, Laurencekirk Pre-School Group, Laurencekirk Youth & Community Venture and St David’s Episcopal Church, Inverbervie.

Applications for funding were assessed for suitability by a panel made up of representatives from The Mearns Area Partnership, Kincardine, MAP, Arbuthnott, Mearns and Benholm and Johnshaven community councils.

Susie Brown, from MAP, said: “We are delighted to facilitate this funding for local groups, which this year attracted more than 30 applications. The fund has been in place for the last four years and it has made a significant difference to a large number of bodies. We appreciate that those who were unsuccessful will be disappointed but careful consideration was given to each application based on the fund’s criteria.

“There will be another opportunity to apply next year.”

The fund is aimed at backing community and voluntary organisations that support children, young people and the vulnerable under the areas of sustainability, health, heritage, regeneration and environmental.