Groups land grants bonanza
Community groups inWest Dunbartonshire have been handed more than £91,000 in funding.
The grants, from the council, will be used to support projects including upgrading sporting facilities, installing floodlighting at sports pitches, buying computer equipment, installing benches and delivering greenspace projects.
Organisations funded include Age ConcernVale of Leven who will use the cash to buy a new boiler for their holiday home.
Eva McKellar from the group said: “We plan to use the money to install a new boiler in the group’s caravan at Seton Sands.The caravan is a very popular resource and used by members and their families for much needed respite and quality family time for our members to spend time with their children and grandchildren.”
Linda Adam, fromThe Friends of Levengrove Park, said they will use the funding, from the Community Budget, to develop an orchard in Levengrove Park.
She said:“The idea for a Community Orchard came from consultations and surveys undertaken with users of Levengrove Park over recent years.
“Being able to apply for and secure funding has been great for the group and goes a long way in demonstrating the council’s commitment to engaging with and involving the community in the planning and delivery of local services.”
The council received 87 applications for the Community Budgeting Fund and 76 groups presented their ideas to residents in their neighbourhoods at eight separate events held over three weeks in November.
Residents voted for the projects they thought would best benefit their area.
A total of 350 residents attended and 270 residents were involved in the voting.