£10,000 funding award to develop social enterprise

Falkland in Bloom.
Falkland in Bloom.

THE multi-award winning Falkland in Bloom group has been granted almost £10,000 of funding over the next two years to develop a not-for-profit social enterprise.

The group, which has 23 years experience in community organisation, has been actively involved in sharing its knoweldge with groups in Fife and beyond.

Members of Fife Council’s north east Fife area committee have agreed to grant the group £4998 this year and the same next year towards the cost of employing two people on a flexible basis.

The aim is to use these two people to deliver a sustainable service from their own and other communities in north east Fife.

Funding is also being sought from the Leader scheme to fund 50 per cent of the cost which will include wages and some equipment.

This will involve growing plants and supplying hanging baskets and displays for communites at a value for money price.

The supporting statement to the council said Falkland in Bloom was aware that there is a market for this type of work.

The budget contribution from Fife Council was approved as it as felt the project would make a “significant contribution to communities across north east Fife offering value for money and enhancing a real sense of civic pride in contributing towards the appearances of towns and villages in the area.”