SB Connect Winter 2016

Grants give results to build upon

Scottish Borders Council’s Community Grant Scheme has offered funding to voluntary/community groups in the Borders during 2010/11.

Yetholm Yewtree Allotments Association was successful in achieving £5,000 to renovate a stone building for storage on ground recently developed to form community allotments. The grant also provided an additional shed for equipment.

Peebles Community Council secured £5,000 to extend and develop a junior playing area for older children at Kingsmeadows Playpark. This grant provided match-funding for a further £15,000 which was secured through Awards for All and Scottish Community Foundation.

Also successful was Selkirk Rugby Football Club who achieved £3,088 towards a fully floodlit, synthetic play pitch. Again, the grant formed an important part of match-funding to secure a much larger Big Lottery Fund Peoples Millions TV competition which attracted a further £50,000.

The Council’s Landfill Communities Fund has also ensured the progression of community projects in the area.

Ayton Community Hall Committee was successful in securing £14,594 to transform a former church hall into a community space. A further £138,844 was secured from external sources.

St Boswells Lawn Tennis Club secured £26,019.30 to upgrade floodlighting at its recently upgraded courts. Greenlaw Football Club secured £32,250 towards the development of changing facilities and training area, with a further £283,852 from external sources.


For further information on how to apply to the Community Grant Scheme or Landfill Communities Fund, please contact Jean Robertson on 01835 826543 or Linda Cornwall on 01835 826659.

BOTH funds require voluntary/community groups to demonstrate efforts to achieve external financial support before approaching the schemes. As demonstrated above, funds have gone a long way to support the maximisation of assistance for community projects through co-ordination of external and local funding streams.