Rail celebrations get £50,000 boost

To mark the completion of the track installation of The Borders Railway at Tweedbank Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities joins the project team to clip the final length of track. Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for the Borders Railway, Keith Brown and Nissar Mohammed of BAM Nuttall.
To mark the completion of the track installation of The Borders Railway at Tweedbank Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities joins the project team to clip the final length of track. Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for the Borders Railway, Keith Brown and Nissar Mohammed of BAM Nuttall.
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Scottish Borders Council has set aside a kitty of £50,000 to help groups and communities across the region celebrate the return of the railway in September.

The fund has been established from reserves held by the council following the demise of local police and fire boards in 2013.

The cash will be used to support a range of events, including trips, open days and street parties, along with legacy projects such as railway-themed improvements to public spaces and playparks.

“To encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the celebrations from across the whole Borders area, the fund will be open to all non-profit making voluntary and community organisations including community councils, schools, public bodies and places of worship, provided they are based in the region,” explained SBC’s funding and projects officer Jean Robertson.

Typical grants under the scheme will be for a few hundred pounds, but awards of up to a maximum of £2,500 will be available. The money will not be used to fund individuals, organisations involved in party political activities, commercial concerns, the purchase of alcohol, gifts or prizes for individuals or applications from one organisation on behalf of another.

The scheme will also be proscribed for projects on which money has already been spent.

Application forms will be available to download from the council website from today (Thursday) and bidders can expect a decision within three weeks of submission.

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2015.