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Strathard Community Hydro Fund – First Grants Awarded March 2019

Strathard receives £6,600 community benefit funds from the Bruach Caorainn Hydro Scheme. The funds are administered by Strathard Community Trust, and the first four small grants, awarded in March 2019 have been announced. The projects will:

  • Design and publish 500 copies a guide to up to twelve walks, tailored for a range of abilities, across the Strathard area. The guide will be sold in local shops, and it is intended that sales will finance future editions. Strathard Community Trust is leading this project (£1500)
  • Support Trossachs Search and Rescue to provide equipment for volunteers they are now recruiting across the Strathard area (£1216)
  • Help fund Kinlochard Cottages to improve common land for wildlife (£1500)
  • Deliver a series of book and reading events by the Wee Trossachs Library, to be held over the next few months in Aberfoyle Memorial Hall (£406)

Katinka Dalglish, chair of Strathard Community Trust, said:

‘We’re really pleased to be able to support these projects, all of which will benefit Strathard in different ways.

The natural environment is central to the attraction of our area for visitors. We know that some visitors want to explore, but need a bit more information on what walks they can do, and the guide will provide exactly the detail they need.

Also, while Strathard overall has an outstanding natural environment, we know there are some areas which need work, and it’s great to see the Kinlochard Cottage group taking action to improve common land in that spirit.

The panel also really liked the Wee Trossachs Library application. It aims to complement the Stirling Council service, by providing donated books in public locations. This award will allow the organisers to run a series of ten events to bring readers of different generations and tastes together to exchange books and recommendations over tea and cake.

Finally, we’re also more than happy to help expand the pool of local volunteers available to help the community. While we all hope that nothing will go wrong, it’s great to know the team are there to help if it does!’

Future Funding

The next closing date for applications is Friday August 30th, although time-critical applications can be considered at any time.

To make the most of our limited funds, individual grants are normally capped at £1,500. Full conditions and application materials are available here: https://www.strathardct.org.uk/new-grant-scheme-for-community-organisations