Grants available for Diamond Jubilee events

(left to right:) Captain David Younger, Major Alexander Trotter, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew and Councillor Alasdair Hutton invite applications for Diamond Jubilee funding
(left to right:) Captain David Younger, Major Alexander Trotter, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew and Councillor Alasdair Hutton invite applications for Diamond Jubilee funding

Funding worth £40,000 is being made available to Borders communities to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In announcing the funding, the convenor of Scottish Borders Council, Councillor Alasdair Hutton, and the three Borders Lord Lieutenants which include Major Alexander Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, explained that the money could be used to help with the running of events to celebrate the Jubilee.

These could be concerts, open days and/or street parties. Alternatively, communities can use the funding to create a lasting legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - perhaps by improving public spaces, playparks or gardens.

Councillor Alasdair Hutton, said: “This is only the second time in British history that a monarch has reigned for more than sixty years.

“It is a historic event worth celebrating and we hope these grants will encourage every community to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and go on to raise even more money by their own efforts to make this a milestone to remember.”

Major Alexander Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, added: “There’s a great deal of enthusiasm for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and this funding will be a useful source of pump priming money for these celebrations.

“We are all very thankful to Scottish Borders Council for making this generous funding available.”

Community groups, community councils, schools and churches can all apply for the funding.

Most grants are expected to be worth a few hundred pounds and the maximum amount of funding is £2,500 for a lasting legacy project.

Applications are invited from now until May 31, 2012.

For more information on how to apply please contact Linda Cornwall at SBC on 01835 826659 or email LCornwall.@scotborders.gov.uk.