Bank gives away money to local groups!

Local groups in line for awards from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund scheme

Local groups in line for awards from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund scheme

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Locals are being urged to cast their votes to give community groups in Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas a cash boost.

The Bank of Scotland has launched its national Community Fund award scheme.

Branches in Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn have shortlisted four local community groups which applied for the chance to receive awards of £3000, £2000, £1000 and £500.

Rabbit Braes Development Group, St Brycedale Playgroup, Kinghorn Lunch Club and 11th Fife (1st Burntisland) Scout Group will all scoop an award, but it will be up to locals to decide what they get.

Burntisland First Aid Services Trust has also been shortlisted in a separate group.

Grant Fraser, manager at Bank of Scotland, High Street, Kirkcaldy, told the Press: “This is a national initiative with banks in each local area inviting groups to apply for the funding.

“Customers can vote by collecting a token from staff members at the branches and then place it in the slot for their chosen community group in the voting stand. People can also vote online, by text or tweet. People can vote until October 10.”

Sheona Smith, treasurer at Kinghorn Lunch Club, said it will use the funding to ensure the club continues for the benefit of the community.

Maura Lee, chairman of St Brycedale Playgroup, said it will use the money to improve the outdoor area it uses at St Bryce Kirk.

Lorraine Wilkinson, chairman of the Rabbit Braes Development Group, said it will use the money to fund autumn evening walks to allow people to learn about the wildlife in the area at night.

The 1st Burntisland Scout Group intends to spend the funding allocation on new tents.

People can also vote for Burntisland First Aid Services Trust in its separate group.

The Trust will put the funding towards a defibrillator which will be used locally.

People can cast their vote in various ways:

Vote at the bank branches in Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn or online at bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund or twitter using #CommFund followed by the group’s code.