Strathard receives around £7,000 community benefit funds from the Bruach Caorainn Hydro Scheme each year. The funds are administered by Strathard Community Trust. For the last two years, there have been two application rounds each year. However, the Trust has taken the decision to move to an open application process for the next few months.
Trust Chair Katinka Dalglish said:
‘While we’re still looking for projects which are in line with the Community Action Plan, we are keen to support applications which help Strathard recover from the impacts of Covid-19.’
‘We want to be as flexible as possible in helping local projects, and we hope that removing fixed application deadlines will make life easier for anyone applying.’
To help make the most of the money available, individual grants are capped at £1,500. Full conditions and application materials are available here and advice on completing applications is also available from the Trust by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There have been three rounds of the grant scheme so far, with a total of just over £11,800 being allocated. Funding has helped deliver specific projects, including support to Trossachs Search and Rescue to provide equipment for volunteers across the Strathard area (£1216) and helping establish and promote the Wee Trossachs Library (£406). Earlier this year, funding was awarded for a series of monthly afternoon tea events to be held over the coming autumn and winter (£800)
In addition, the scheme has provided early commitment to much larger projects – the Trust hopes that these awards will demonstrate local commitment and help bring in more funding from other sources. Examples include upgrading the current expensive and ineffective heating system in St Mary’s Church (£1,500), which has recently been completed, and a contribution to renovation of Strathard Playparks, all of which are in need of upgrading (£1,500).
The fund is also supporting the Aberfoyle Community Life Plan being developed by Strathard Community Council. When complete and combined with existing plans for Kinlochard and Stronachlacher, the Aberfoyle plan will agree a vision for the area and inform the Community Council’s responses and input to proposed developments (£1,500).