Berwickshire community groups receive additional £37,000 from Fallago Environment Fund Covid-19 Recovery Programme

Seventeen community groups across the Scottish Borders are benefitting from a further £37,499 in the final round of funding from the Fallago Environment Fund’s Covid-19 Recovery Grant Programme which has assisted projects that support wellbeing and resilience, active lifestyles, disabled access and the implementation of social distancing measures.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 27th August 2020, 6:00 am
Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council has been awarded £3,000 to repair the coastal pathway overlooking the historic fishing harbor of Cove
Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council has been awarded £3,000 to repair the coastal pathway overlooking the historic fishing harbor of Cove

The Fallago Environment Fund, which shares the benefits of the Hermes Infrastructure and EDF Renewables-owned Fallago Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills, launched the special £100,000 Covid-19 Fund in April to help Borders residents recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis and lockdown.

The initial tranche of successful applications saw over £62,000 shared with 21 charities and community groups. The Fund has now announced seven further grants totalling £22,276 from the first application round, plus an additional £15,223 for ten projects in the second and final round.

Initiatives to benefit include Nature Unlimited in Galashiels which receives £3,685 towards workers’ fees, tools and equipment to help improve an overgrown area behind the Focus Community Centre in Galashiels so that fruit and vegetables can be grown and a space provided for the local community to meet. Many of the charity’s volunteers suffer from disadvantage including social isolation, poverty, mental health problems or addiction issues and the project will give them a reason to get out, connect with others at a safe distance and improve their wellbeing.

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In Berwickshire, Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council has been awarded £3,000 to repair the coastal pathway overlooking the historic fishing harbor of Cove, including benches and improved signage, to allow residents and visitors of allages to exercise safely. Year-round planters at the entrance and exit to Cockburnspath and Cove will also be funded.

The Fallago Environment Fund is supported by Roxburghe Estates, Hermes Infrastructure and EDF Renewables. Gareth Baird, Chairman, Fallago Environment Fund, said: “Our Covid-19 Recovery Programme has been able to help 38 community groups and charities across the region to carry out exceptional work to address the negative impact of coronavirus and the restrictions it has put on everyone’s lives. While our Borders communities have shown remarkable resilience, we know that many people continue to suffer from the effects of the resulting social isolation so we are grateful that the Fallago Enviroment Fund has been able to play a part in assisting the projects that will enhance their wellbeing and which will help the region to heal.”

The Fallago Environment Fund’s Covid-19 Recovery Grant Programme was administered by The Bridge – a Scottish Borders community development charity which has offices in Galashiels, Jedburgh and Peebles.

Grant payments have been made up front so that work can start immediately.

Fallago Environment Fund Covid-19 Recovery Programme - Additional Awards – August 2020

Berwickshire

Round 1 Grants

∙ Connect Berwickshire, Eyemouth - £3,000 - To provide the charity, which works with young people in Eyemouth, with a project worker salary for three months plus seeds, plants and compost so a large allotment can be brought back into service. The project will build skills and confidence for young people and provide participants’ families and the wider community with fresh fruit and vegetables.

∙ Coldstream Community Trust - £3,250 - To provide perspex screens, PPE, personal boundary marking, signage and roped barriers for Coldstream Community Centre and to modify the venue’s kitchen, café and food preparation areas to ensure physical distancing and safe working so that the Centre can open again for local groups, including the After School Club.

∙ Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council - £3,000 - To repair the coastal pathway overlooking the historic fishing harbour of Cove, including improved signage and benches, and provide colourful year-round planters at entrance and exit to Cockburnspath and Cove

∙ Grantshouse Community Council - £1,600 - For repairs to path to children’s playpark to allow wheelchair and pushchair access

Round 2 Grants

∙ Berwickshire Group Riding for the Disabled - £750 - To provide two sanitizing stations plus cleaning equipment, signage, gloves and masks to enable clients to start riding and vaulting again

∙ Chirnside Common Good - £2,500 - To improve links between off road walking routes in the village, including path from the school layby to a quiet road to the River Whiteadder at Blue Stones Ford, in order to benefit physical and mental health

∙ Eyemouth Enhancement Group - £960 - To replace a broken push lawnmower with a self-propelled mower to enable volunteers to continue to tend areas around the town including the cemetery, local paths and picnic areas.