FET opens for applications via the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund on 1st January 2016.
FET is currently closed to new applications for funding requests. Please check back for updates on the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
The Trust is currently in the process of fully committing all funds received via the UK Landfill Communities Fund which is no longer in operation in Scotland. The balance of funds remaining available to commit is low.
As the transition period associated with the closure of the UK Landfill Communities Fund progresses, we anticipate underspends as projects submit final claims for grant awards approved. Unfortunately we are unable to predict the timescales associated with funding becoming available for reallocation.
If you have a project which is almost ready to begin with the majority of match funding confirmed, please submit your small grant or large grant application to FET by Friday 31st July 2015. Please note that any approval may be provisional on funds becoming available for reallocation.
The Directors of Fife Environment Trust have agreed to accept large grant applications outwith the normal deadlines set in instances where projects are almost ready to begin with the majority of match funding confirmed. The applications will be processed once received. Please contact us on 01592 583260 for a quick chat about your project.
Scottish Landfill Communities Fund Established (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scottish-Landfill-Communities-Fund-established-1113.aspx)
Landfill tax is soon to be devolved to Scotland. This will take effect as of 1st April 2015. This means that FET will no longer be in receipt of UK landfill tax monies beyond this date. The UK Landfill Communities Fund, via which FET acts as a grant-giving body, will cease to operate as of this date also.
There will be direct impacts for our live projects as a result of these changes. FET has been advised that as a Distributive Environmental Body, we must close off projects and process final grant payments of all funds received via the UK Landfill Communities Fund by 31st March 2017. Beyond this date, spend of monies received via the UK Landfill Communities Fund will not be compliant in Scotland. The Trust is therefore monitoring projects to ensure physical completion of works by 31st March 2016 and final draw-down of grant by 30th September 2016. It is vital that holders of live awards submit claims for their awards as soon as possible.
A Scottish Landfill Communities Fund will replace the existing scheme and it is anticipated that FET will continue to operate as a grant-giving body considering applications for funding from community groups.
* * The next deadline for the submission of large grant applications to the Trust is Monday 31st March 2014 * *
* * The next deadline for the submission of large grant applications to the Trust is Monday 30th September 2013 * *
At the last meeting of the Board, over £344k was committed across 11 projects including £25,745 towards the development of the public park in the village of Kettle, £18,740 towards creation of a public nature trail in School Wood Dunfermline and £30,000 to repair and refurbish St Paul's Church in Glenrothes.
At the recent meeting of the Board, the Fife Environment Trust committed £495,237 across 12 projects including £44,115 towards the Townhill Mining Heritage Project, £22,000 towards the conservation and restoration of Burntisland War Memorial and £50,000 towards the costs to install a MUGA and skatepark in Rosyth Park.
The next large grants deadline is Friday 29th March 2013. Applications to the small projects scheme can be submitted at any time.
* * The next deadline for the submission of large grant applications to the Trust is Friday 28th September 2012. * *
Since the Trust's decision in January to improve the Small Grants Scheme and accept applications for projects costing up to £10,000, FET is happy to report a boost in small grant applications and awards in the last few months.
Recent awards are as follows:
• £4,343 awarded to CLEAR towards a project to improve the Viewforth play park site in Buckhaven through measures to green and soften the surrounding urban landscape;
• £1,386 awarded to Cupar Rotary Club Environmental Sub-Committee towards an environmental improvement project which saw the dredging of one of the ponds located at Tarvit Pond, Cupar;
• £2,499 awarded to the St Andrews Orchard Group for a project to establish a wildflower meadow in Stanks Park, St. Andrews which will increase the biodiversity in the area;
• £6,979 awarded to Limekilns Primary School Parent Council for the construction of a wooden trim trail and two traverse climbing walls in the school playground;
• £5,079 awarded to Saline & Blairingone Parish Church towards the costs associated with a replacement boiler;
• £8,865 to Broomhall Cricket Club towards the costs associated with the installation of an artificial cricket pitch to complement the existing pitch offered at the Club.
Groups are reminded that applications to the Trust's Small Grants Scheme can be submitted at any time.
The Fife Environment Trust is pleased to announce the latest allocation of grants totalling £354,500. The recent allocation of large grants has boosted the Trust's contribution to Fife projects to more than £7 million since the first award in 1998.
Successful applicants include the Newport Tennis Club which received an award of £50,000 for a project to upgrade the courts. Tayport Ferryport-on-Craig Community Council were also successful securing £17,000 to undertake a wildlife pond and biodiversity project at Tayport Common.
The next deadline for the submission of large grant applications is Friday 28th September 2012. Applications to the Trust's small grants scheme can be submitted at any time.
The Trust would like to announce the recent approval of a small grant award of £8,129 for a project to improve the heating within the Springfield Village Hall building.
The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund Forum (SLCFF), of which FET is a member, has been working hard to ensure that all parties with an interest in the Scotland Bill are aware of the benefits of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and the desirability of retaining a Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) in Scotland in the event that Landfill Tax is devolved to Holyrood.
To this end the SLCFF members have made submissions to the Scotland Bill Committee regarding the LCF and are pleased that in their final report the Committee recommended that 'the Scottish Government give consideration to the retention of a Landfill Communities Fund'.
Following on from this, the Forum have been in contact with MSPs and Civil Servants to discuss the potential benefits of a Scottish Landfill Communities Fund in the event that Landfill Tax is devolved and the Scottish Parliament decide to establish a Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
At the recent meeting of the Board, the Fife Environment Trust committed over £260,000 to 11 different projects from the provision of a new play area in the village of Gaurdbridge to the refurbishment of the B listed Laird's Waiting Room at Ladybank Railway Station.
The Trust also recently took the decision to amend the grant threshold levels as follows with the changes taking effect from the 1st January 2012.
FET Small Grants - applicants can apply for between £500 and £10,000 up to a maximum intervention rate of 90% of total eligible costs.
FET Large Grants - applicants can apply for between £10,000 and £50,000 up to a maximum intervention rate of 75% of total eligible costs.
The Trust would like to announce the recent approval of a small grant award of £5,398.56 for a project to improve the quality of the pitches and floodlighting offered at Dunfermline Rugby Club.
The Trust has recently approved two small grant awards as follows:
* Gateside and District Community Association has been awarded £3,943.88 to undertake works to the exterior of Gateside Memorial Hall to ensure it remains watertight and fit for use.
* Saline and Blairingone Parish Church has been awarded £2,338.20 to undertake a project which will see the acoustics of the main hall improved.
The Trust is delighted to announce that since the first award granted in 1998, over £6.5 million in LCF funding has been committed to 368 projects across the Kingdom of Fife, drawing in over £32.6 million in partnership funding.
The most recent round of funding in May 2011 saw £191,283 committed to nine large projects ranging from £6,500 awarded to Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society for the Restoration and Conservation of the D.M.M Crichton Statue (Cupar) to £30,000 awarded to Carnock and Gowkhall Community Council towards a play area enhancement and improvement project.
The next deadline for the submission of large grant applications to the Trust is Friday 30th September 2011. The Board will consider the proposals submitted at the next scheduled meeting which will take place on Thursday 24th November 2011.