Step forward for Rotary grant scheme

ALEC received �3000 from the grants scheme last year
ALEC received �3000 from the grants scheme last year

Ellon Rotary Club is seeking applicants for its community grant scheme.

Local people are being invited to come forward for assistance in funding local projects.

Ellon Men's Shed also received funding last year. The group is still seeking a meeting place.

Ellon Men's Shed also received funding last year. The group is still seeking a meeting place.

The scheme aims to specifically allocate grants to individuals or organisations that are responsible for developing their own initiatives and improvements within various categories.

These include education, community, environmental, local charities and any other socially responsible sectors.

Eddie Gordon, administrator of the community grant scheme, said: “We will consider funding the associated costs up to the value of £1000.

“However, full funding is not guaranteed and therefore groups/organisations should not allocate funds to these costs until they have received their decision letter from Ellon Rotary Club.

“This programme cannot fund the costs for individuals not associated with a group/organisation.”

Last year ALEC (Aberdeenshire Local Education Centre), a Rotary-sponsored initiative, received £3,000 and Men’s Shed £100.

ALEC is a partnership between 10 Aberdeenshire Rotary Clubs and Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services.

It is jointly managed by a steering committee, comprising education, learning and leisure staff and local Rotarians.

The Men’s Shed is a relatively new initiative in Ellon which aims to provide a meeting place where men can share skills, pursue hobbies and work on community projects. Members are still seeking premises.

Ellon Rotary has been awarding grants to local groups for many years but has been operating in its present form for about five.

Most of the money for the scheme comes from the annual Rotary Golf Tournament held at McDonald Golf course in September each year.

Groups/organisations can apply for grants as soon as they have costs available.

Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2014.

For further information or an application form, contact Eddie Gordon by emailing eagordon@o2.co.uk or call 01358 725032.