Trust latest to benefit from grants

MONTROSE Heritage Trust is the latest local organisation to benefit from Angus Council’s community grant scheme

The trust has been awarded £3,000 in the latest round of funding, which will allow it to install information boards on Wharf Street, near the South Esk bridge.

One, sited in an area of soft landscaping, will provide information about the history of Montrose’s bridges while the other, to be erected further east and near the location of the RNLI’s new lifeboat station, will relate the history of the town’s lifeboats.

More local groups and organisations are taking advantage of cash grants from the local authority to pay for a wide range of activities which benefit their communities.

The latest round of allocations, totalling £25,413, has been awarded to 15 groups across the county to help fund a variety of causes from town twinning events to the purchase of sports equipment.

Earlier this year Montrose Links Trust Ltd., received £1,800 towards the development of an online booking system, the Hope Paton Bowling Club applied successfully for a £1,000 grant to replace the fabric around the bowling green’s banking, while Montrose Cricket and Rugby Club was awarded £1,208 to help upgrade its changing rooms.

Guidance and application forms can be downloaded from the council’s website and feedback received by the authority’s external funding team has revealed that 66 per cent of applicants use the information on the website, which they find to be useful.

A third of applicants ask for help from the external funding team to complete the form or to check it before submission, and all say that the advice was useful and helps speed up the application process.

Ninety seven per cent of applicants say that the form is easy to understand and complete and 86 per cent find the application process easy.

Infrastructure services convener Councillor David May has urged groups to consider applying for grants.

He said: “There is still funding of £107,355 available from the council to support community organisations this financial year. However, there are a number of applications in the process already of being assessed for the next committee meeting in October so I would advise any groups wishing to access funds to move quickly.

“I’m delighted that the council is continuing to support organisations across Angus fulfil their ambition through the community grant scheme and I would urge any group seeking funding to consider applying for a grant. Advice and support is available from the council for groups who are considering an application, either through the website or from the specialists in our external funding team.”