Methil community groups have funding chance

The project launch at Methilhill with, from left, the CRT's Pauline Grandison,  Martin Bell and Enid Trevett

The project launch at Methilhill with, from left, the CRT's Pauline Grandison, Martin Bell and Enid Trevett

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Community groups in Methil and Methilhill have an opportunity to seek some financial support as part of a plan to revitalise the community.

Around £40,000 is available for application by volunteer agencies or charitable groups based in these areas, under a project launched earlier this year in Methihill by the Coalfields Regneneration Trust (CRT).

A funding surgery is being held in Methil this Tuesday, October 20, linked to the Coalfields Community Futures Programme. This is part of a five-year action plan for Methil and Methilhill, shaped by residents themselves.

Groups will have the chance to seek small sums through a particpatory budget allocated by the CRT and Fife Council.

Projects have to be:

Soon – as the award must be allocated by March 31 next year.

Seen – it must be a venture that is visible to the community.

Successful - it must take forward a priority from the five-year action plan.

Any not-for-profit community group which would like to apply for part of the funding can come along to Tuesday’s surgery at the Memorial Neighbourhood Centre, Wellesley Road, Methil, from 3pm-8pm.

Local councillor John O’Brien expressed his supprt for the project and added: “This is a great opportunity for all groups to apply for small amounts to help with their aims and objectives.”

Two family fun events are being held on November 22 – one on the morning at the OAP Centre, Main Street, Methilhill, and the other in the afternoon at Methil Community Learning Centre in Bowling Green Street – giving local people a say in where the funding goes.

“These events will enable everyone in the community to decide which priorities are most important to them,” said a CRT spokesman. “Funding will be allocated to the projects that best fit the priorities – so make sure you come along to the event to vote on the day.”

More details are available from Pauline Grandison or Enid Trevett on 01259 272127 or email pauline.grandison@coalfields-regen.org.uk or enid.trevett@coalfields-regen.org.uk

The CRT is a charity which aims to help former pit areas which may have been blighted by deprivation or lack of opportunities since the decline of the mining industry.