Community Environment Challenge Fund continues to support local projects

Councillors will receive an update on the impact of the Community Environment Challenge Fund (CECF) at the next meeting of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday 23 May 2018.

The Fund has been providing funding support towards a diverse range of community-led projects which would make a significant difference to their local environment, and be widely supported within the community, since it was launched in 2011/12, with a total of around £100,000 available each year.

The report to Committee highlights the 14 projects assisted in 2017/18 by the CECF which include path trail marking and enhancement for the Rannoch Paths & Open Space Group; refurbishment of the Brickhall and Balmanno Community Garden by Brig in Bloom; provision of all-ability play equipment in MacRosty Park, Crieff; and an outreach programme organised by Perth & District Beekeepers Association. Just over £100,000 in grants was awarded to all 14 projects.

Elected members will also be asked to agree a recommendation which will leverage significant extra funding for community groups and projects from the Scottish Communities Landfill Fund. Approval is also being sought to extend the CECF to include applications in relation to the improvement of sports pitches and sports ground pavilions.

Environment and Infrastructure Convener, Councillor Angus Forbes said: "The Community Environment Challenge Fund provides an effective basis for local groups and organisations to develop and deliver sustainable environmental improvements in their communities. As highlighted in the report to Committee, it continues to enable a diverse range of projects making a difference around Perth and Kinross. I would also welcome the opportunities for making additional funding available and for broadening the types of applications the Fund can consider."