Sainsbury’s cash still up for grabs in the Kelso area

Local groups in Kelso and surrounding area can still apply for grants from Sainsbury’s grant scheme, which has more than £22,000 to give away.

The supermarket giant originally set up a £50,000 fund for community grants, to be administered by the town’s community council over three years following the development of its new store in Kelso.

The aim was to provide limited support to voluntary and community groups that are active within the Kelso (TD5) area and to assist community or interest groups with the development of community-based projects.

At this month’s meeting of Kelso Community Council, councillors heard that this year the scheme had received only one application for a grant.

“There is still £22,500 remaining in the scheme, which can offer grants to a maximum of £2,000,” Provost John Bassett explained.

A maximum of £2,000 can be awarded to any single project, with applications of £500 and over requiring 10 per cent match-funding in cash or ‘in-kind’ support.

Grants of up to £499 can be funded up to 100% and any grant requested should be the minimum required to enable the project to go ahead.

Mr Bassett added: “The end of November is when decisions are made on grant applications and can come from Kelso and the surrounding area, including the villages of Yetholm, Morebattle, Stichill and Ednam.”

The deadline for grant applications has been extended by one month until October 31. Application forms can be obtained from Kelso Library, Kelso Contact Centre or from the secretary, Kelso Community Council, Rennie Welch, Academy House, Shedden Park Road, Kelso,TD5 7AL or via email at