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Cumbernauld groups urged to apply for ScotRail Foundation funding

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 09:46 GMT on Saturday, May 25th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD community groups have been invited to apply for grant funding up to £5,000 from the ScotRail Foundation.

The foundation have revealed that they will dish out grants to groups that support children or young people, and/or improve the environment or general health of communities, with communities that have - or wish to have - a local station at the heart of their activities set to have their funding applications prioritised.

Community groups can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000, and ScotRail employees will select which community groups to support by volunteering to sit on one of three regional committees that consider applications twice each year.

The ScotRail Foundation will enhance the train operator’s ongoing support for local communities, as Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail, said.


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“We are committed to helping communities prosper, and believe that we have a greater responsibility than simply transporting passengers from A to B,” Mr Montgomery explained.

“Stations are often at the heart of communities, and our successful Adopt-a-Station campaign is testament to this.  We wanted to do more to bring communities together, something that would involve staff more directly.”

“The ScotRail Foundation will enable us to provide financial support to communities across Scotland for many years to come.”

Foundation Scotland is an independent charity with over 16 years of grant making experience has been appointed to manage the fund on behalf of ScotRail, and the ScotRail Foundation will also grant ‘match funding’ to members of ScotRail staff who raise funds on an individual basis.

A total of £15,000 of the £100,000 has been set aside to contribute towards employees’ fundraising efforts on behalf of their own special causes - up to £250 for each application.

Mr Montgomery added: “The match funding element is designed to recognise the sterling efforts of our many employees who already play an active role in supporting their local communities and other good causes.”


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