Community Funding Success Stories

1st Houston Boys' and Girls' Brigade Pipe Band

1st Houston Boys' and Girls' Brigade Pipe Band, Renfrewshire received £1,400 awarded by Awards for All (Scottish Arts Council) 31/03/2006

This group provides opportunities for young people to learn piping and drumming skills. The grant is for contribution towards the purchase of a new box trailer, wheel clamp and hitch-lock.

Angus Disabled Ramblers

Angus Disabled Ramblers received £3,496 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland to purchase two power chairs.

Angus Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

Angus Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group has received £25,000 from the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership Fund and £5,000 from the Cairngorms Local Biodiversity Fund towards work to increase the numbers of barn owls in lowland Angus.

Forfar Day Care Centre has received £2,300 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland towards replacing flooring in their premises.

The Quickstart Youth Capital Fund funded 9 groups in Angus to a tune of £213,000, including Montrose YMCA which received £8,000 towards external wall repairs to their building.

Clyde Valley Rovers Amateur Football Club

Clyde Valley Rovers Amateur Football Club, Renfrewshire, received £2,094 awarded by Awards for All (Sport Scotland) 26/05/2006.

This group provides the facilities and opportunities for members to participate in the sport of football. The grant is for strips, bags, goalkeeper gloves, training and match balls, football pump, ball sack, cones, training ladders, training poles, pole bag, hurdles and tournament costs.

Discovering Dumfries & Galloway’s Past

Dumfries and Galloway has a rich, complex and distinctive archaeological heritage from early prehistory to the Victorian era.  Archaeological excavation has revealed much about the region's past, as recent work has demonstrated. Glasgow University, building on Solway Hinterland Archaeological Remote Sensing Project (SHARP) which has recently carried out non-invasive fieldwork at Roman and medieval sites in the region, was successful in attracting a grant of £15,430 from LEADER, with match funding from the University of Glasgow and the Crichton Foundation to develop a project to explore Dumfries and Galloway’s heritage even further.

The project will be a collaborative effort involving the University Crichton campus at Dumfries, community volunteers in the local history and archaeological societies, schools, local residents, the local council's regional archaeologist and museum staff, as well as government agencies and the National Trust for Scotland.

A Development Officer will help community stakeholders to develop a wider understanding of Dumfries & Galloway's heritage, through facilitating community participation in non-intrusive archaeological fieldwork and related activities.  With the community, sites will be identified, a structure put in place and a planned programme of action based learning developed for the project to attract a longer term package of funding to achieve its goals.

Erskine Writers Group

The Erskine Writers Group also successfully applied for funding, and some background to their application and group is given below.

The Erskine Writers Group applied to Awards For All for funds last year with the help of Alex Hewetson, our Community Council Liaison Officer. Alex guided the group through the application process and the hard work paid off when they received funding. Formed in 1990, the group now has more than 50 members. They meet in the Bargarran Community Centre each Tuesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, and each session runs from September to the following May. Many of the groups first-time writers have been published and have won awards. Each year there is a new and varied syllabus, involving guest speakers, workshops, competitions and readings of the members own work. The groups secretary, Helen Baxter, said: “Writing for the market is a craft that has to be learned and members benefit from listening to the experiences of visiting authors. Paying for these visits is expensive. Now thanks to Awards For All, we have been given funds to buy equipment and to pay realistic costs for visiting writers.”

Friockheim Bowling Club

Friockheim Bowling Club received £1,000 from the Amy Barnet Skea Trust, a local trust that donates money to groups in the Arbroath area.

Johnstone Castle Learning Centre

Johnstone Castle Learning Centre, Renfrewshire, received £210,307, awarded by the Lottery, April 2006.

This project seeks to increase access to community learning opportunities and activities for people in Renfrewshire, by enabling voluntary representation in local decision making structures and encouraging volunteering in the area. The grant will provide funding for staff salaries, travel, training and office equipment.

Kingsmuir Hall

Many projects require a cocktail of funding. Heres an example of how a village hall in a small rural community managed to fund their project.

Like many village halls, Kingsmuir Hall, near Forfar had no insulation and only electric heating radiators, resulting in a very cold hall between periods of use as the cost of continual heating was prohibitive. After researching various systems an air source heat pump heating system was considered the most appropriate as it provides constant heat and hot water at a low cost 
Kingsmuir Hall received grants to install the heat pump at a cost of £21,000. At the same time they raised funds for improvements to the hall including the insulation of windows, doors and walls which cost a further £45,000. 
Grants for the project were received from:

  • Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative £24,887
  • Awards for All £10,000
  • Gannochy Trust £8,000
  • Energy Savings Trust(capital projects) £7,007
  • Robertson Trust £7,000
  • Donations £6,180
  • Angus Council £3,200

Middlebie Village Hall

One of the immediate priorities of the new management committee of Middliebie Village Hall in late 2010 was to ensure compliance with all Fire and Health and Safety legislation.

A visit by SEPA confirmed that, although legal for domestic use our 1000 litre capacity heating oil tank was single walled, un-bunded and not legal for Village Halls. Any rupture to the wall would have resulted in serious environmental pollution.

With a cost of some £1200 anticipated there was a collective knashing of teeth within the committee! Quotes were sought (a very frustrating exercise in itself with many builders failing to respond despite promising to do so) and a successful application was made to the Village Halls Improvement Scheme with great help from Village Halls Officer, Jan Nye.

We now have a brand new and legal oil storage tank with minimal depletion of our funds thanks to VHIS - a great scheme for halls finding themselves in our situation - suddenly needing capital at a time when funds are low.

Paisley Patchers, Paisley Renfrewshire

Paisley Patchers, Paisley Renfrewshire received £2,500 awarded by Awards for All (Scottish Arts Council), May 2006.

This group aim to promote interest in the art of patchwork and quilting through meetings, lectures, workshops and exhibitions. The grant will be used to purchase a laptop, software, training, screen and a digital camera.

Plashmill Renewed

This newly formed group received a start up grant of £497 for hire of premises for meetings, publicity material and travel expenses.

This modest grant has enabled the group to move forward with ambitious plans to save and develop an important linen mill building in the Angus village of Letham that was threatened with demolition. Meetings have been held with the local community and an exciting development plan has emerged. They encouraged 400 people in the local area to become Friends of Plashmill. 
It was clear from the start that the building would have to pay its way. A survey of the energy producing potential of the adjacent burn showed that Plashmill could produce all its energy needs from that source and in addition, earn some income from selling surplus energy to the national grid. 
There are plans to create a renewed mill on the basis of an existing and changing technological exhibition showing up to date machines and appliances actively producing renewable energy, attracting visits from educational establishments and the general public. Renewable energy sources on display will come from water, wind, ground heat, solar water heating and photovoltaic panels. 
The body of the building will become a café and community facility.

The next stage is an application to Awards for All for architectural plans, a feasibility study, and planning approval costs. Further details are available from

St. John's Youth Group, Stevenston, Ayrshire

St Johns Youth Group in Stevenston, Ayrshire decided to access funding to take 8 young people, 3 leaders and a nurse to help Father Martin Chambers on the Mission in Ecuador during October 2006.

The Youth Group wanted to take the older members of the group to work with the poor and needy residents of the shantytown of Nueva Prosperina, Gauyaquil, Ecuador alongside Father Martin Chambers. This trip will be a challenge and life-changing experience for the young people and leaders.

Funding received to date includes:

  • Moffat Charitable Trust: £5,000
  • Awards for All: £4,000 (Open4Funding)
  • Local Action Fund: £1,689 (Open4Funding)
  • Our Lady of Mercy Fund: £500 (Open4Funding)
  • Diocese of Galloway: £500
  • Hunterston B Station: £300
  • Fraser Travel: £50
  • Fundraising (local community): £1,000
  • Donations (St Johns Parish Community): £1,000
  • Community Learning & Development: Free Conversational Spanish Classes
  • Adult & Youth Services

The Group will continue to fundraise prior to the trip in October 2006 
On their return the group will present a powerpoint presentation on their experiences during their work on the Mission.

Tynron Parish Hall Renovation

With the help of a grant of £14,188 from the Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Village Halls Improvement Scheme, their own funds and a grant from the Robertson Trust, Tynron Parish Hall committee have been awarded £23, 842 from LEADER to finalise a funding package of over £55,000 to undertake a comprehensive renovation of the hall. Better light and ambience, provided by new windows and heating, will allow residents to hold educational activities such as art classes and IT tuition. Exercise classes such as tai chi, yoga and pilates will now be possible because the old heaters will be replaced with a more effective and efficient heating system based on air-to-air heat pump units and better insulation to exterior walls. The kitchen will be upgraded to improve catering facilities and an extension will allow better flexibility for events providing a small room for meetings which can be heated separately. All of the renovation work should help to make the parish hall a self sustaining, viable facility for the local community to enjoy.

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