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.
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A business loan application that had been received by WDT has now been withdrawn by the applicant.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.
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.
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.
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.
A training grants policy has now been agreed by the board, with a total budget of £10,000 – £5000 for individual applications, and £5000 that can be applied for by businesses who have to provide training to meet regulations (both types are up to a maximum of 50% of course fees, and £500 per person per year). The full policy and criteria can be found here.
In summary, grants will be available for work related courses (subject to available budget) to residents of Westray who are working or available for work, and who aren’t in full time study. There are slightly different criteria for people wishing to obtain a full drivers licence. Where other training funding is available (such as Individual Learning Accounts or Flexible Training Opportunities), this should be used first. Both businesses and individuals can get help from the CDO to fill in the forms required.
WDT are working with Westray Community Council and have agreed to fund 2/3 of the £5000 total budget to provide stone chippings for private roads leading to houses. This contributes to the charitable goal of “maintenance or improvement of the physical infrastructure” of the island.