Greener Kirkcaldy loses funding

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A KIRKCALDY environmental charity is under threat of closure after it failed to receive funding from the Scottish Government.

Greener Kirkcaldy is now only opening on Saturdays and by appointment after the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund rejected its application to renew its funding.

Suzy Goodsir, chairman, said that the group had done some very good work, and that it would seek funding from other sources.

She said: “We had our meeting last night and are reviewing this knockback in funding.

Funding options

‘‘We’re going to open the advice centre on Saturdays and by appointment to maximise the use of our resources while looking for more funding.

“It’s the end of a chapter but not the end of the story. There are lots of options out there.”

She added: “It’s always difficult in the charitable sector, there are always ups and down.”

The charity, which helps local people to be more environmentally friendly, save cash on fuel bills, and to reduce their ecological footprints, was awarded £219,000 to run its High Street advice centre and outreach project by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

The Greener Kirkcaldy Advice Centre opened to the public in May 2010 and has helped hundreds in the Kirkcaldy area insulate and draught-proof their homes, with the aim of making them more energy efficient and saving them money.

Major events

The charity has also held events such as eco-driving days and bike workshops, lends energy monitors to help people cut their electricity bills and gives away free energy-saving items such as TV power-downs to visitors.

The group held an Earth Hour event on Saturday in which it invited Kirkcaldy folk to write their environmental wishes on eco-friendly lanterns and release them to celebrate the worldwide event in which people switch off their lights for an hour to promote environmental issues.

It is also working with Kirkcaldy Allotment Group towards a community orchard within Ravenscraig Walled Garden and also aim to increase the amount of renewable energy produced in Kirkcaldy.

The Greener Kirkcaldy Advice Centre’s will be open in April on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For appointments e-mail info@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk or call 01592 858458.