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How would you spend £50,000?

Cllr Neil Crooks with Mandy Henderson, Emily and Kaysea from Linton Lane Playgroup with their noticeboards

Cllr Neil Crooks with Mandy Henderson, Emily and Kaysea from Linton Lane Playgroup with their noticeboards

Community groups in Kirkcaldy and the surrounding areas are being given the chance to apply for a share of £50,000.

The money has been set aside by the Kirkcaldy Area Committee for projects that will improve communities in Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland, Auchtertool and Puddledub.

The Kirkcaldy Area Neighbourhood Engagement Scheme (KANES) gives local residents the chance to vote for what they think is the most deserving cause in the community and a special event will be held at the Adam Smith Theatre in February to decide on the recipients.

Notice boards

At the first KANES event held earlier this year, 11 projects were successful in securing funding for a variety of projects including Linton Lane Playgroup/The Grey Panthers who were awarded £2000 to purchase notice boards and the Samaritans who were awarded £550 to assist with taxi fares to get their volunteers home safely in the early hours of the morning.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “It is great to see the wide range of projects that this money is helping to support.

“This concept has added value not just to the groups involved but the community as a whole which is exactly what the funding was set aside for.

Priorities

“We’ve increased the budget this year as we think local people spending their money on their priorities deserves continued support and I look forward to seeing the community benefits.”

Ken Halley, area locality support team leader, said: “The first KANES event was such a great success that more money has been made available this year. I would urge all groups to consider making an application.

“If they are unsure of the process or would like some support to complete their application, the Locality Support Team will be happy to help.”

Application packs can be obtained from Morag Paterson on 08451 55555, extension 471751 or by e-mail at morag.paterson@fife.gov.uk. Or apply online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/kirkcaldykanes.

 

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