Cash boost for Fife communities

SSFM 0114013 buckhaven boards 'Marion Garry (CLEAR Volunteer) & Allen Armstrong (CLEAR) beside two of the Heritage Panels on the Coastal Trail in Buckhaven
SSFM 0114013 buckhaven boards 'Marion Garry (CLEAR Volunteer) & Allen Armstrong (CLEAR) beside two of the Heritage Panels on the Coastal Trail in Buckhaven

A number of communities in Fife have been given a cash boost after successfully bidding for funding in a national community grant scheme.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced the names of 15 local groups which have won individual awards of £250 allowing them to make small improvements to their local environment.

The Community Grant Scheme is funded from the proceeds of the carrier bag charge collected by Tesco in Scotland which allows Scottish communities to benefit from the 5p charge for single use carrier bags that came into force on October 20 last year.

The grants will support a wide range of local environment improvement projects including litter prevention and removal, outdoor reuse projects and imaginative planting.

The successful applicants from Fife are: 62nd Fife (Crossford) Scout Group; CLEAR Buckhaven, Coaltown of Wemyss Floral Enhancement Group, Fife & Kinross Bat Group, Friends of Craighall Den, Friends of Riverside Park Glenrothes, Hayfield Community Centre Management, Kincardine Litter Group, Middleden Mountain Bike Club, Muchty in Bloom, New Gilston In Bloom, Seasons of Ceres, Strathmiglo Community Garden, Three Burghs Community Development Trust and West Fife Woodlands.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The community grants provide a great opportunity for local groups to help them start making small local environmental improvements. I have no doubt that these awards will inspire continued endeavour amongst some of our country’s community volunteers and am delighted that Fife communities are playing their part.”