Organisations across Scotland are to benefit from the final round of funding from NFU Scotland’s Centenary Trust.
At the sixth and last meeting of the trust, £23,200 of funding was approved for projects. That leaves the trust with £8,000 and this will be distributed equally to all NFU Scotland regions to be donated, subject to approval by the trust, to local charities of their choice.
The final round of awards focused on one of the trust’s key objectives – supporting the promotion of health and safety on farms and in rural areas.
More than £207,000 in total has now been awarded to charities and organisations for projects in every corner of Scotland.
The funds were raised mainly through the generosity of NFU Scotland members as well as a specially-bottled malt whisky organised by the Banffshire branch and a centenary book.
Established in the union’s centenary year in 2013, the objectives of the trust were to encourage as many children as possible to learn more about where their food and drink comes from and to visit a farm in 2013 and 2014; to educate farmers, their employees and their children on health and safety in the countryside, with a special emphasis on children’s safety and to assist in bringing forward a meaningful apprentice programme that supports farmers and their employees.
In this round, projects have included £4,000 to the Border Union Show towards the general running of the show and £1,200 to Peeblesshire Agricultural Society for handwashing facilities and sinks.