Angus Council is delighted to have awarded £130,000 to town and village halls throughout the county to help them to be more energy efficient and resilient.
An integral part of the Place-Based Investment Fund, the Village and Town Community-led Halls Grant Fund supports energy efficiency and resilience improvements at community-led halls so they are more robust in supporting local residents, particularly during times of emergency, such as extreme weather incidents.
Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 were applied for in line with a set criteria and sixteen awards were made. Awards ranged from £360 to assist with improved wi-fi and web capability, up to a number that were awarded the full £10,000 or close to it. Many of the applications will lead to town and village halls being better insulated, or having electrics, lighting and heating upgraded. Other halls will look to replace or repair windows, doors and boilers, purchase generators and heaters and install solar panels.
Any community hall that was unsuccessful in their bid for funding will be contacted by a Community Development Officer who will work with them to try to find alternative funding.
The work to make sure that our communities are as resilient and ready as they can be for future emergencies continues. Bids are now being prepared for the SSEN Fund and a Community Resilience Forum has been set up to look at sharing best practices and future initiatives.
Successful bids for the Community-led Village and Town Hall Grant fund were made by:
Brechin City Hall
Charleston Village Hall
Eassie & Nevay Village Hall
Hillside Village Hall
Inverarity Community Hall
Kingoldrum Village Hall
Kingsmuir Village Hall
Letham Village Hall
Newtyle Legion Hall
Panmure Centre, Carnoustie
Scott Jubilee Hall, Montrose
Westmuir Village Hall