And it has a particular focus on Annan, Eastriggs, Gretna and Lockerbie.
Groups in these areas are invited to apply for a share of the cash from CHA’s “Making Our Communities Better Places Fund”.
Janet Strang, chairwoman of CHA, said “We are totally committed to helping the communities within which we operate. Our fund has enhanced some people’s lives and assisted local groups to help achieve their ambitions. We have made awards to organisations such as foodbanks, young peoples football teams, community events, individuals and community hubs.
“We hope that the fund will develop further over the next few years”.
The criteria is as follows:
- Any group, individual or organisation with a clear connection with the communities within which the Association operates can make an application for funding.
- That all applicants complete and submit for consideration the Association’s standard Application Form with any supporting documentation requested.
- That any Association employee or Board of Management Member having a connection with an application received and being considered must declare this interest to the Chief Executive. In this respect they will not take any part in any decision on the application.
- No support will be given to any application which is not consistent with the Association’s criteria and charitable status.
- Only one application each financial year (1st April – 31st March) from an applicant will normally be considered.
- That a confidential report is submitted to the Board of Management by the Chief Executive with recommendations.
- That the Association maximises its media coverage of any award made.
CHA’s flagship community fund has been running in South West Scotland for 20 years and has awarded in total approx. £150,000 of funding into community projects.