A £200,000 trust fund to benefit the community of Coldstream has been set up by the developers of the Leet Haugh housing estate, Hudson Hirsel.
The fund will support recreational activities such as participation in sport, promotion of the arts, culture, heritage, education, environmental improvements and charitable initiatives or provide a community benefit.
Hudson Hirsel LLP is part of Douglas & Angus Estates, who own the Hirsel estate in Coldstream, and Jamie Hudson, managing partner, said: “From the outset the Hirsel Estate gave a commitment to the local community that it would share some of the benefit from its development at Leet Haugh with the residents of Coldstream and its surrounding area.
“The Hirsel estate has a long history of working with the local community having gifted many of the existing community facilities to the town.”
The fund will be administered on behalf of Hudson Hirsel by Coldstream Community Trust which is a regulated charity.
Initially grants of up to £3,000 will be considered and applications will be invited twice a year - the first round of applications will be decided on June 1.
Coldstream Community Trust vice-chairman Rannoch Daly said: “The trust is delighted to be operating the Hudson Hirsel Fund as one of our sub-committees.
“I have been asked to chair the HHF awards panel and Gerald Tait, the trust secretary, will be doing the administration. We expect to meet twice a year to consider applications.
“A representative of Hudson Hirsel will be on the panel together with several Coldstream people with a “community-minded” approach.”
Grant application forms can be downloaded www.hudsonhirsel.com or www.coldstream.co or contact the trust secretary on 01890 882685 or trust co-ordinator Linda Trickett on 01890 883332.