Communities get support to celebrate Borders Railway’s arrival with special fund
A fund has been launched today by Scottish Borders Council to help communities celebrate and recognise the historic return of the Borders Railway.
The Borders Railway Celebration Fund will offer grants of a few hundred pounds up to a normal maximum of £2,500.
Councilor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said: “We know that many communities wish to put on special events to commemorate and celebrate the arrival of the Borders Railway and this fund will assist them to do this.
“The fund will operate in a very similar way to the highly successful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund and we are very keen to encourage applications from all over the Borders. We have worked hard to make the fund as flexible and as straightforward as possible and I hope that many Borders communities will apply and be involved in the celebrations.
“Although grants will typically be between a few hundred pounds and £2,500, we are very happy to work with communities to access additional funding for unique events or projects that will create a lasting legacy of the return of the Borders Railway.”
The application process is simple and it is hoped that all applications can be agreed in a target time of three weeks from the point of receipt of a completed short form. The fund is open to all non-profit making voluntary and community organisations, community councils, schools, public bodies and places of worship. Applications can be submitted any time up to 15 December 2015, and all projects must be fully completed by 31 March 2016.
The fund will award grants to projects that bring people together to celebrate the return of the Borders Railway, for example through railway themed events, concerts, trips, open days or street parties. It will also fund projects that bring people together to create a lasting legacy of the return of the Borders Railway, for example railway themed improvements to public spaces, play parks and gardens.
With Borderers already nominating people for a Golden Ticket on one of the first trains, this fund will help support the Borders-wide celebrations to mark the historic arrival of the railway.
The application form and the guidance for the fund can be downloaded from the Council’s website at http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/343/community_grants/1444/borders_railway_celebration_fund
Further information is available from:
Scottish Borders Council
Newtown St Boswells
MELROSE TD6 0SA
Tel: 01835 826659 (direct line) or Mobile: 07796 192404
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