Major funding boost for Daviot Hall

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PLANS to replace the ageing Daviot Village Hall received a welcome boost with news that the project is one of the beneficiaries of the latest round of LEADER awards.

Daviot Village Hall Committee are one of five Aberdeenshire projects benefiting from awards and will receive £97,700.

Plans to renovate Daviot Hall, which is a well used local facility, were proven to be too expensive to be worthwhile, and constructing a new replacement building would be more cost effective.

Fundraisng by the Daviot Village Hall Committee is ongoing towards the new hall which would be more energy efficient, and will include modern kitchen and toilet facilities, extra storage space for user groups and a larger main hall. Heating will be provided through an innovative renewable air source system and maximum insulation will ensure reduced energy consumption.

The committee are working closely with the community, and have organised numerous fundraising events over the past few year.

It is currently running a ‘buy-a-brick’ scheme which is encouraging local residents to have their name engraved on a brick in return for a donation to the project.

Commenting on the news of the award, Diane Scott, Secretary, Daviot Village Hall, said: “Daviot Village Hall Committee is thrilled to receive a grant of £97,700 from LEADER. We have been trying to build a new hall for almost ten years and LEADER’s support will finally make this achievable.

“Daviot is a small rural village and the hall is at the heart of our community. The LEADER grant will ensure that Daviot will have a modern facility for recreational, educational, social and sporting activities which will contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community now and in the future.”

LEADER is a rural development funding programme which is financed by the European Commission and the Scottish Government and administered locally by Aberdeenshire Council.

It awards grants to projects which demonstrate innovation and community benefit. 116 projects have now been supported to date, with combined LEADER awards of £4.09million and total project costs of £16.14million.

The combined award of the projects from Round 13 was £317,186 for the five projects, with total costs of £2,731,406.

Belinda Miller, Rural Aberdeenshire LAG Chairperson, said, “The projects approved in Round 13 of the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER programme show a clear commitment to the enhancement of community facilities in the area.

“The five projects will benefit rural areas in individual ways but will all contribute to the delivery enhanced community facilities that will contribute to social inclusion and wellbeing”.

Details of all approved projects to date and information on the LEADER programme are available on the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER website: www.aberdeenshireleader.org