The great £50k Kanes cash boost

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Community groups have shared in a £50,000 bumper payout thanks to local people power.

All 22 projects, who were awarded grants of between £500-5000, were voted for by the public through the Kirkcaldy Kanes event.

The popular programme, which is now in its second year, invited community organisations to submit project ideas which would bring improvement to the Kirkcaldy area.

Thirty projects presented at the event held recently at Adam Smith College with 22 projects securing the funds they needed.

Danny Cepok, area services manager for the Kirkcaldy area said: “I’m delighted that Kirkcaldy Kanes has been so popular and a great success.

“Approximately 150 people attended the event and interacted with the projects as they visited the various stalls.

“Clearly people gave serious consideration to the range of projects before voting for the top 10 of their choice.

He added: “This initative was made possible by the Kirkcaldy Area Committee who set aside £50,000 to encourage participatory democracy.”

Groups

Funds of £5000 were awarded to four groups: The Rabbit Braes Development Group for its Woods For All project - a one day event to bring the community together marking the erection of totem poles and chainsaw sculptures.

The Burntisland Out Of School Service was also granted £5000 improve its homework room at Toll Centre by converting two small rooms into one larger room.

Kirkcaldy West Community Council will spend its grant on providing floral displays about town for its Beautiful Kirkcaldy Project.

And Kirkcaldy Squash Club will re-harl the exterior of the club as part of an ongoing improvement programme.

Awards were also presented to:

>> 115th Fife Scout Group (£1,633) to purchase camping tables and benches, >> The Samaritans (£900) to provide safe transport home for volunteers at night.

>> Beveridge Skatepark Users Group (£795) to research the feasibility of installing floodlights at the park.

>> Pathhead Community Parent project (£1,180) to promote healthy eating and easy access to affordable fruit and vegetables.

>> Broomhill Allotments (£580) for

the installation of a simple rain water capture.

>> 5th Fife Explorer Scouts Training (£1,200) for young leader training in archery and hillwalking.

>> Dysart Junior Band (£2,700) to purchase for new instruments and tuition.

>> On Yer Bike (£2,050) to set up an affordable bike purchase scheme to encourage physical activity among members of the Fat Club women’s group in Gallatown.

>> The Big Breakfast group (£1,952) to provide opportunities in Gallatown to learn to cook healthily on a shoestring budget

>> Horse Power Scotland (£1,980) to provide ‘Horses helping Humans’ - a 10-week programme involving work with horses for young people who are vulnerable or at risk.

>> Kirkcaldy Old Kirk (£4,200) to provide safer access but upgrading the driveway and installing lighting.

>> 14th Fife Scout Group (£813) for ‘Adding More Strings to our Bow’ - to train explorer scouts and leaders in archery.

>> Sticky Fingers parents and toddlers group (£600) to purchase new equipment.

>> The Crew project (£1,750) for a Digital DJ Workshop to help young people learn how to use digital DJ’ing equipment.

>> 1192 Squadron Air Training Corps (£1,150) to buy IT equipment to help with training and website development.

>> Dysart Sailing Club (£3,875) for the refurbishment of toilets at the club house following a fire last year.

>>Floral Action Burntisland (£2,000) to purchase planting and equipment for floral displays.

>> Newcraigs Church (£600) for Friday Night Live - training for a youth leader to become a minibus driver.