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Tiree Community Development Trust – Windfall Fund

Tiree Trust LogoThe Windfall Fund is welcoming enquiries so please get in touch with a member of the Trust Team for an enquiry form or for more information. Please get in touch as soon as you have an idea for a project and don’t leave it to the last minute. Our LDO’s Jackie and Sam are also on hand to assist with match funding information and applications.

The following awards were made in May 2013:

  • Tiree Regatta Club received £1,185.00 towards running a 3 day sailing course for kids with Stramash
  • Tiree Young Farmers received £2,370.00 towards a trip to the Royal Highland Show to experience stock judging and to meet up with other Young Farmers groups.
  • Tiree Agricultural Society received £1,800 towards the main attraction for Tiree Agricultural Show 2013
  • Fèis Thiriodh & Tiree Music Festival received £710.00 towards Fèis na Fèise; tuition courses for advanced musicians that will run before the Tiree Music Festival 2013.
  • Freestyle Park Working Group received £200.00 to bring a skate park designer to Tiree to complete a site survey and draw plans.
  • Swimming Pool Steering Committee received £1,000 to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and office facilities while conducting a feasibility study on Tiree.
  • Dance Directionz received £520.60 towards starting up a dance group for people aged between 5 and 18
  • Rags to Riches received £1,508.00 towards the running of Rags to Riches.
  • Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Society received £2,980.00 towards the cost of bringing portable showers & toilets to Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Show.
  • Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Society received £3,000 towards the cost of hiring tents and marquees for Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Show.
  • Tiree Rural Development received £4,200 towards installing a septic tank in Scarinish for motor home users.
  • Tiree Resource Club received £7,225.00 towards the second year of the out-reach worker post and minibus project.

Tiree Community Development Trust

Tiree Trust LogoWindfall Fund Update

The Windfall Fund is now welcoming enquiries so please get in touch with a member of the Trust Team for an enquiry form or for more information.

The following awards were made in January and February 2013:

· Tiree Tots received £589.80 for the delivery of Soft Play Pods to Tiree.

· Parent Teacher Association received £1,500.00 to power-wash, prime and repair existing rendering to Pre 5 Garden wall and building.

· An Iodhlann received £5,000.00 towards the cost of holding a 3 day book conference on Tiree in May and to produce a book about the history on Tiree.

· Tiree Community Business received £7,000 towards the necessary professional expertise to allow them to progress with a full application to the Growing Community Assets scheme for purchase of the Business Centre.

· Cùram Thiriodh received £2,746.00 towards phase 2 of the volunteer coordinator project.

· Tiree Maritime Trust received £22,039.00 towards building of 2 boat sheds in Scarinish.

Swimming Pool Project

The Trust has been successful in gaining a 3 month graduate placement through the Scottish Governments Adopt an Intern Scheme and are using this opportunity to reinvestigate the options regarding a community pool or leisure facility including carrying out detailed research into what has/hasn’t worked for other communities.

HIE and Argyll & Bute Council support the community of Tiree in conducting this study for the island. All parties including the Trust are very well aware of the difficulties and economics of this in a rural area; however it is important that the facts and figures are given to the community who can then make the decision.

Music & Cultural Coordinator

Donna MacLean has been appointed the new Music and Cultural Coordinator with the Trust. The 25 Hour per week post was created after consultation with various groups indicated there was a real need for support.

Building on existing activity, a key focus of this post will be working with the Feis, Tiree Music Festival (TMF), Mod, Piping Society, and the Music Club. Another key task will be to create a development plan for the island (to be included in the Tiree Community Development Plan) covering music, culture and Gaelic and develop agreed projects and a summer events programme.

HIE funded Local Development Officer

Lynne Kerr has now left her post as LDO and we hope to have the position filled very soon. We will give an update on this in the next edition of An Tirisdeach. Lynne was tasked with updating the Tiree Community Growth Plan, which you can see on our website, and has worked with various groups to put into motion some of the prioritised projects from the updated plan. We would like to wish Lynne all the best in her new career at RBS!

Powerdown Progress

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Last year the Powerdown project was asked to look into feasibility of various projects. Three applications were made to the Climate Challenge Fund following extensive research into options and costs. The fund is now closed.

We have been successful in getting funding to employ a second part-time person to work on the Powerdown project to make better progress in this area. Energy use in buildings accounts for 40% of all carbon emissions and can make a big difference to household bills. Any investment in this area can result in savings year after year as well as warmer homes.

The bid for an electric car for community use was unsuccessful. And the Northern Periphery European funding for a tourism hire car project had to be abandoned due to a 6 month wait for the funding to be re-paid after expenditure.
HIE however are still open to hearing from us about the money that they set aside for an electric car hire project for Tiree, to match the European funds. Electric cars would be great for Tiree as their running costs are much cheaper. New electric cars can plug into a home plug with a range of 80 miles and top speeds over 60 mph. From January 2011 a contribution of 25% of the cost of electric vehicles up to £5,000 will be available. This will work in similar way to the car scrappage scheme with discount applied at the point of purchase.

The bid for a composting toilet trial was unsuccessful. The concept is sound but didn’t stack up in terms of carbon savings which were based on less embodied energy than traditional facilities and less travel to existing facilities. Fingers and legs crossed for another solution.

Various community groups have been preparing for funding applications to install small turbines to match their building’s energy use working with Community Energy Scotland. THANKS Thanks to the Powerdown Steering Group Alastair MacInnes, Clare Jones and Ann Kirby and to all the people who have fitted low energy light bulbs, turned down the thermostat, filled in a home energy check form, measured their mileage or borrowed a smart meter. We look forward to more progress over the next year of the project.

Frances Woodhead, Community Powerdown Officer.