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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.