The St Andrews Community Trust - a major success story in the university town - is celebrating its first anniversary.
The fledging organisation has already provided welcome cash windfalls to a diverse range of projects and organisations which have warmly welcomed their good fortune.
The trust, which made a dozen grants to local causes in its first 12 months, was established through an agreement between the local community council and St Andrews Links Trust and its purpose is to distribute funds generated through the protection and trademark of the town crest of the royal burgh.
Trustees are Henry Paul, who acts as chairman, and Judith Harding, both of the community organisation, local Fife Councillor Robin Waterston, and Kate Ferguson, representing the Links Trust. There are also three local resident trustee positions held by Arthur Griffiths, Donna Renton and Jo Roger.
Mr Paul told the Citizen:”The trust considers donations to projects in the operating area of the community council and those contiguous community council areas surrounding the town. Applications for grants can be made in writing, by e-mail or via the website, clearly stating how much funding is required, any matching funding applied for, how the project will benefit the people of St Andrews and which of the trust’s objectives the application covers.”
Grants made over the past year totalled more than £25,000 and included £7500 to the three-day St Andrews Festival to help towards the cost of providing a marquee for the celebrations to mark Saint Andrew’s Day.
Others were £5000 to STANDEN (St Andrews Energy Network) to help people in fuel poverty; £3000 to the Strathkinness Community Garden project to erect a fence and establish a garden for the village primary school; and £2600 to the St Andrews Guides to replace the perimeter fence at its clubrooms.
Awards were also made to Homestart East Fife, Madras College, St Andrews, the 8th Fife Scout Group, local photographer Peter Adamson, the St Andrews and District branch of ENABLE, the St Andrews Cathedral virtual restoration project, and to the Dazzle Youth Theatre Company.
An on-line application form is available at the trust’s website at www.standrewscommunitytrust.co.uk or by writing to The Secretary, St Andrews Community Trust, c/o Murray, Donald, Drummond and Cook LLP, Kinburn Castle, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DR.
Next meeting of the trust is in May and applications for financial consideration should be in the hands of the secretary by April 24.