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(l-r) Mike Nicholl, Councillor Donald Balsillie and Andy Macpherson, at Delph Pond, to promote the new Community Improvement Environmental Fund.
Picture: David Robertson
COMMUNITY groups can apply for a share of £100,000 to improve the quality of life in their area.
Clackmannanshire Council's new Community Environmental Improvement Fund is open for applications from now until 31 October.
The fund was created by transferring cash from the local authority's Invest to Save Fund.
Last month the council's Enterprise and Environment Committee gave the go-ahead for the scheme to be launched.
Councillor Donald Balsillie, committee convenor, said, "To receive a grant, communities have to demonstrate Spend to Save principles while at the same time developing community participation by residents who want to make a difference to their environment and improve the quality of life in their area."
Each community will be able to apply for one project up to a maximum of £10,000, with the minimum grant being £4000.
In exceptional cases where projects can demonstrate a wide range of physical environmental benefits within a community, a larger award may be considered. If successful, the project must be completed within a 12 month timescale.
Councillior Balsille added, "To qualify projects must demonstrate an improvement in their community such as changing bedding plants to herbaceous plants to save on maintenance and materials or by using the money as match funding to draw in funding from other sources.
"Other ways the cash could be used is by providing, restoring or improving community environmental resources such as parks, community gardens, reduction of waste, reuse, recycling or use of environmentally friendly materials, gardens, local green spaces, woodlands or paths."
The fund is also aimed at establishing community and special interest groups with the goal of improving their local environment; improving degraded land, main streets and neighbourhoods for public benefit.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 03 Oct 12
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