Grants Awarded October – December 2014

October 2014

Corinne Curtis (through the learning centre) successfully applied for £200 to run a youth First Aid course on the island.

Another six people were successful in applying for a training grant for the Safe use of pesticides course: Alistair Harcus, Thomas Bain, Andrew Seatter, Richard Jarvis, Raymond Rendall and Elizabeth Drever.

Kevin and Ann Rendall of Pierowall Fish were also successful in their application for a training grant towards First Aid in the Workplace.

Following on from the success of last year’s scheme, the Community Council has applied for funding for the road materials scheme. WDT have granted £3,333 towards this project.

Westray Sailing Club successfully applied for £5,500 funding for a youth sail training scheme.

Under the entertainment events grant scheme, Sandy McEwen was awarded £66.80 towards the travel costs for Jo Philby and her band. Westray Community council was granted £1,000 for bringing the Salvation Army to Westray for the tree lighting ceremony.

 November 2014

Corinne Curtis received £24 for costs of a genealogy course, Nicholas Wood got £20 for a pig butchery course and Sophia Gair was awarded funding under the driving lessons scheme (i.e. funding for 50% of lessons, up to a maximum of 10).

Under the statutory training scheme, Westray Processors Ltd got funding for Tim Libicki for Emergency First Aid at Work course (amount to be confirmed once full course costs are known) and there was another five successful applicants for the pesticides training, testing and national registration course for farmers. They were Norman Rendall, William Drever, Steven Drever, Brian Scott and Thomas Pottinger. The amount of funding awarded to each is dependent on which courses they attended and whether or not they are eligible for ILA. We will confirm the total funding awarded in a future report.

December 2014

Under the entertainment events grant scheme this month, the Westray Swim Club was successful in applying for £927.90 for band costs for the Harvest Home and Sandy McEwen received £60 for travel costs for Jo Philby and her new band to perform at the West Manse following the success of the last event.

The inter-kirk group were awarded £250 to help towards costs of the island wide Christmas card which details events happening over the festive period.

Westray Heritage Trust applied for £1250 for consultancy costs to engage someone to source funding for the heritage centre and projects. It was decided that WDT would offer Andy’s time to the same value to take on this work for the Heritage Trust.

There were two training grant applications this month from Christine Turnbull and Cynthia Jacobs to do advance Sage training. Each applicant was awarded £60.

Funding awarded – September 2014

A further six people were awarded funding for the pesticides course for farmers (see Funding Awarded – July 2014 for more information): Alistair Harcus, Thomas Bain, Andrew Seatter, Richard Jarvis, Raymond Rendall and Elizabeth Drever.

First Aid at Work is a statutory training grant and Pierowall Fish were awarded funding for two participants. This course is being run on Westray and the final cost will be dependant on the number of participants, therefore the final grant amount will only be known once this has been confirmed.

As well as the First Aid at Work course, Corinne Curtis has managed to get the tutor to carry out First Aid training for youngsters aged 15 to 25. WDT are funding this with £200.

Funding for the Tourism Development Officer was also agreed this month. Over the two years, WDT will contribute £17575.

Funding awarded – July 2014

This month saw the launch of a new fund – Entertainment events grants – which is for groups (or individuals) who wish to put on an event and require assistance to get an act or equipment to the island. The Bisgeos Run/Walk 2014 received £630 towards travel and accommodation costs for the band and the Island Picnic received sponsorship of £197.28 for the inflatables at the event; the actual amount paid out for this event was £125.

Small grant funding awarded this month was £500 for fireworks (for Bonfire Night) awarded to the Senior Youth club and the Bisgeos Run/Walk 2014 received £1300 in sponsorship for new race equipment.

Small project funding (above £1000 but below £10,000) this month: Westray Heritage Trust received confirmation of funding for an IT upgrade and backup system at £2989 (this will vary depending on the timing of equipment purchase) and Westray Processors Ltd was awarded £1375 in funding towards an extension to the strategic planning support previously funded by a Big Lottery grant awarded to WDT.

Training grants awarded were for Pesticides training, national registration and testing for farmers. This training, testing and registration is a legal requirement and therefore this comes under the statutory training grants scheme run by WDT. Successful applicants will receive up to £307 each (depending on course attendance and ILA utilisation). Grants were awarded to Kenneth Harcus, Louis Pottinger, James Drever, Ben Drever and Ian Burgher.

Grants awarded January 2014 to June 2014

‘Jig for Jim’ received £255.50 for the costs of travel for the band.

Westray Golf Club were awarded £8000 each for two years to employ a green keeper.

The Tuesday Night singers were awarded £1000 towards the costs of a concert involving ‘The Linties’ and ‘The Poptarts’. The total cost of this came to £353.60.

Westray Community Council received £332.40 for one external notice board in Pierowall.

The Nursery received sponsorship of £536 for the year for healthy snack.

WDT agreed to sponsor the Screen machine visits in 2014 at £100 each.

Westray Junior High School received sponsorship of £173.55 for the new football strip.

Westray Sailing Club received sponsorship of £1066.96 for plaques that are awarded at the Regatta, for 2014, 2015 and 2016. They also received £400 towards the cost of accommodation for the Cullivoe Jarl Squad.


Training Grants Awarded January 2014 to June 2014

SVQ2 Health and Social Care (£400 each) – Margaret Rendall and Frances Nicolson. There was also one more but this was withdrawn.

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene: Westray Processors Ltd were awarded £151.25 for 11 participants and Pierowall Hotel were awarded £82.50 for 6 participants.

Scottish Certificate for Personal License Holder Refresher – Pierowall hotel were awarded £100 for 4 participants.

Controlling Cross Contamination: Westray Processors Ltd received £115 for 5 participants and Pierowall Fish received £46 for 2 participants.

Louis Pottinger and Sheena Costie were both awarded up to £150 towards the costs of driving lessons.

Three folk received funding for a fork lift driving refresher course: John William Stout, Heddle Costie and Hugh Costie.

Westray Heritage Trust received £214 towards the costs of Sage training for 4 people.


Grant awards December 2013

I-pads for the Learning Centre:   the WDT board has approved the purchase of two I-pads and accessories up to a maximum of £850, for use in the Learning Centre and Digital Inclusion projects.  These will be a great help especially to the older people taking part in the two I-pad classes that are already going, and the the folk waiting for the new class to start in early 2014.

A business loan application that had been received by WDT has now been withdrawn by the applicant.

Training Grants:  Nine further requests for grants towards the NFU Farm Safety course were approved, making a total of 22 people (of the 24 attending) being eligible for and each receiving a £50 grant towards this very important course.

NFU farm safety course
NFU farm safety course

Project Evaluation and Grant Applications

As you may be aware, Corinne finishes in post on 31st December.  This leaves a gap in the administration of the PEG. Janice will take on this role for a period of time until the Operations Manager is in post. Janice will deal with completed applications; taking the applications to PEG for assessment and completing the report to the Board.

Grant awards for October 2013

Two training grants were awarded this month: Yvonne Rorie and Cindy Paterson both received 50% of the balance of the course fees (after ILA has been taken off) for SVQ in Health and Care.

The Community Association was awarded £291 for replacement of the lighting desk for the community hall.

The Westray NFU have received notification of support in principle towards an out-of-season goose cull on Westray. This is dependent upon the outcome of talks at the November meeting of the Orkney Goose Management Group meeting.

Successful funding applications

Training grants have been awarded to farmers to take part in a safety course that is being coordinated by the NFU.  Up to 20 places will be funded at £50 per place.

The Westray Heritage Trust was successful in securing £10,000 per year for the next three years to employ someone to take the Heritage Centre through museum accreditation.

WDT now has a “Supported by the Westray Development Trust” logo, which will be required to be displayed by successful applicants to the turbine fund.  new wdt support logo

Playpark Equipment Replacement

The Westray Development Trust Board are pleased to announce that they have confirmed they have allocated £40,000 towards the replacement of the playpark equipment, subject to other funding being successful.   It has been very clear to the board that this project has wide community support and is a very important local facility that has been well used.  Thanks to Friends of Westray Playpark for managing this project on behalf of the community.