North Lanarkshire Funding Winners Call on Local Groups to Apply for Support

Two North Lanarkshire groups which recently received over £51,000 in total from the Environmental Key Fund are urging other local organisations to apply for funding before 4th June and receive invaluable help.

Shotts YMCA and Bellshill and Mossend YMCA have both received cash awards from the Environmental Key Fund’s (EKF) Main Grants Programme, which will go towards helping the local community.

The EKF was established in 2004 to distribute Landfill Community Fund money to environmental and community initiatives in North Lanarkshire and over the next two years grant support of £750,000 will be made available to worthy causes.

Any not-for-profit organisation based in North Lanarkshire is eligible for EKF funding and in the past few years a wide range of local projects including churches and children’s playgroups have received around £900,000 in total from the fund, while an additional £240,000 has been gifted to community and environmental projects.

Applications to this quarter’s EKF Main Grants Programme, which can provide grants of up to £30,000 to a variety of initiatives, including those which improve a park or other amenity for leisure or recreational purposes, must be received by 4th June 2010, while the EKF is also seeking applications for its Flagship Programme, which can provide grants of up to £150,000 to projects that promote transformational change. The deadline for applications to the Flagship Programme is 3rd September 2010.

Colin McFarlane, association manager at Bellshill and Mossend YMCA, said: “We received £26,750 from the Environmental Key Fund’s Main Grants programme. The funding will help the YMCA on a number of levels by allowing us to upgrade our health and fitness facilities and improve access for the disabled.  This money will also help us to improve our economic sustainability.

“Bellshill and Mossend YMCA is an integral part of the local community and offers an out of school care service for primary school pupils, a wide variety of youth work services including a health programme for young people and also acts as a venue where various community groups hold meetings.

“Initially we didn’t realise that the EKF could provide support for organisations like the YMCA and thought that it only helped environmental causes.  The Environmental Key Fund is a fantastic project and the application process was very simple and efficient.  We would encourage all local community groups which need support to submit their application today.”

David Brown, secretary of Shotts YMCA, said: “We were awarded £25,000 by the Environmental Key Fund which will go towards repairing our roof as part of the general refurbishment of the building.  Shotts YMCA is mainly a sporting group and aims to educate boys and girls in keeping fit and healthy.  We’ve needed our roof upgraded for the past five years and we are delighted that the EKF has supplied us with the funding.

“We found the application process to be very straightforward and the EKF were very helpful.  I can’t speak highly enough of the EKF and hope that other local groups in need of help apply to them for funding.”

Councillor John Pentland, Chair of the EKF, said: “The Environmental Key Fund is open to all not-for-profit organisations based in North Lanarkshire and has given funding to a wide variety of important initiatives since its launch in 2004.

“With the deadline imminent for the Main Grants Programme and further funding now available through our Flagship Programme we are keen to urge more groups to apply as soon as possible and be in with a chance of receiving this support.”

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The Environmental Key Fund provides support through the Main Grants Programme (with a quarterly application deadline) and the Flagship Programme and Small Grants Programme (which both have an annual application deadline).

The EKF’s Main Grants Programme provides grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to projects which either remediate contaminated land or water, reduce or mitigate the effects of pollution, provide or improve a park or other amenity for leisure or recreational purposes, conserve biodiversity at a specific site or maintain, repair or restore a place of worship or building of historical or architectural significance.  All applications for this quarter’s Main Grants programme must be received before 4th June 2010.

The EKF is also keen to encourage applications to its Flagship Programme which provides funding of between £100,000 and £150,000 to initiatives that promote transformational change which leads to significant and measurable social, economic or environmental enhancement as part of a strategic masterplan or wider regeneration initiative, acts as a catalyst for sustainable investment in communities across North Lanarkshire or drives forward new and best practices and promotes innovation, knowledge or expertise. All applications to the Flagship Programme must be received before 3rd September 2010. 

 The Small Grants Programme provides grants of up to £2,000 for small-scale community projects which provide a public facility for leisure or recreation purposes, improve biodiversity or maintain or restore a place of worship or listed building or structure. The deadline for applications to the Small Grants Programme is 3rd December 2010.

Contact: Kevin Macnaught
Phone: 0141 333 9585