£37,000 gifted to community groups

Financial aid totalling more than £37,000 has been gifted to several charities and groups by the St Andrews Community Trust in its latest round of awards.

A major success story in the university town, the trust was established through an agreement between the local community council and St Andrews Links Trust and its purpose is to distribute funds generated through the protection and trademark of the town crest of the royal burgh.

The largest cash windfall of £10,000 has been gifted to the East Fife and Scooniehill Riding for the Disabled charity towards the cost of developing a covered riding arena.

Since 1976, the group has been delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities living in the East Fife area. It has a wide range of volunteers from the young to the very experienced and from fundraisers to hands-on volunteers, who work enthusiastically to help the riders.

A grant of £7000 has gone to Families First in St Andrews to help provide improved IT facilities for its staff and volunteers.

Awards of £5000 each have been made to Homestart East Fife, towards renting its headquarters in St Andrews town centre, and to the Friends of Craigtoun Park to assist with its set-up costs and to help fund the provision of a business plan prior to forming a trust to run the country park.

The Madras College Pipe Band has received £4500 to provide tuition for its volunteers, while the St Andrews Guides have been awarded £3500 to construct a disabled access at its base in Greenside Place.

Other grants include £1000 to St Andrews Episcopal Church towards laying on a Diamond Jubilee tea for the senior citizens of the town, and £500 to each of the St Andrews-Loches Alliance to develop a website, Holy Trinity Parish Church to finance Impact St Andrews 2012 and the St Andrews Arthritis Association to cover their hall rental costs.

Trust chairman Henry Paul told the Citizen: ”The trust considers donations to projects in the operating area of the community council and those contiguous community council areas surrounding the town. Applications for grants can be made in writing, by e-mail or via the website, clearly stating how much funding is required, any matching funding applied for, how the project will benefit the people of St Andrews and which of the trust’s objectives the application covers.”

The next meeting of the trust will be in October and applications for financial consideration should be in the hands of the secretary by September 18. Applications received after this date will be held over until the first trust meeting of 2013.

An on-line application form is available at the trust’s website at www.standrewscommunitytrust.co.uk or by writing to The Secretary, St Andrews Community Trust, c/o Murray, Donald, Drummond and Cook LLP, Kinburn Castle, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DR.