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Funding provided to Forward Coupar Angus Ltd: FOI release

Published: 22 Jul 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
22 Jul 2021
Funding provided to Forward Coupar Angus Ltd: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100219670
Date received: 30 Jun 2021
Date responded: 21 Jul 2021
Information requested

How much funding has been given to Forward Coupar Angus Ltd (charity number SC042646) in funding, either directly or indirectly from the Scottish Government – so including public funds such as Climate Challenge Fund, Investing in Communities etc, in each year from 2010 - 2021.

For each funding award I would also like an accompanying document / agreement or a brief description of the purpose/expected outcomes of the funding (this information can be very brief, or just the whole funding agreement, whichever is easier).

Response

From the information available to me I have compiled the table below detailing the funding awarded to Forward Coupar Angus (FCA) during the specified timescale, noting that FCA (charity number SC042646) has been registered with OSCR as a charity since 12 October 2011.

Funding Period:

Financial Years

Fund

Total Amount

Awarded

Purpose of Funding

2013/2014 & 2014/2015

Climate Challenge Fund

£198,450.00

The Energy Savings for Coupar Angus ESCA project will open an Energy Advice Centre in the Perthshire town. The Centre will give advice and practical help to the community on how to cut fuel bills and carbon emissions through reducing energy consumption and accessing existing funding for measures such as home insulation, heating and micro renewables.

2013/2014 & 2014/2015

Community Food Fund

£1,680.00

The grant funding will help support Community markets and to develop the food trail in the area to establish a reliable outlet for local producers and provide some financial security for them. Also food events will take place such as workshops, cookery demonstrations and a pop up café/restaurant which will be achieved by working with local groups including the NHS. Aiming to increase the use/sale of more local produce linking with more financial sustainability for the market, reduce food miles and help locals travel less to buy fresh/healthy food

2014/2015 & 2015/2016

Climate Challenge Fund

£158,728.0

Greener Living Coupar Angus (GLCA), run by Forward Coupar Angus, will develop a range of activities to help the community reduce their carbon emissions in the areas of food and travel, helping to tackle climate change. GLCA will work with local farmers to supply local produce through a shop and farmers market while community growing space and workshops will provide opportunities for residents to grow their own. Development of a car club, hire bikes, cycle training and a bike festival will help people make less journeys by car and promote lower carbon travel options.

2015/2016

Town Centre Communities Capital Fund

£66,780.00

To purchase, refurbish and fit out Meg’s Café bringing it into community ownership. The facility will become a community shop and hub for development activities in the town.

2016/2017

Climate Challenge Fund

£84,983.30

Delivered from Forward Coupar Angus’s newly renovated Low Carbon Centre on the high street, The Low Carbon Coupar Angus project includes a program of activities to help the community save energy, travel actively and access fresh local food.

2016/2017

Climate Challenge Fund (Development

Grant)

£1,500.00

Awarded to explore options for developing a training course for carbon literacy and feasibility study on developing a community growing area.

2016/2017

European Regional Development Fund Low Carbon Travel & Transport – Pre Application Support Fund

£10,000.00

To review stakeholder consultation results. Survey local patterns and demand for low carbon options. Review existing travel hub for good practice. Identify opportunities and potential sites for cycling, electric bike and EV hub. Identify project teams, partners and potential contractors. Source match funding and alternative funding for ineligible costs.

2017/2018

Aspiring Communities Fund

£20,585.00

To formulate a plan for a local training centre for rural, environmental, hospitality, civic and citizenship skills. This centre would bring together the various educational and training strands of the organisation’s work: food growing and cooking, retail, enterprise, cycling and cycle maintenance, bookkeeping, administration, reducing carbon footprints and living in a low carbon world and website management, as well as relevant rural skills, under one entity.

2018/2019

Paths for All – Smarter

Choices Smarter

£19,625.00

For people to develop more positive attitudes towards sustainable travel choices.

 

Funding Period:

Financial Years

Fund

Total Amount

Awarded

Purpose of Funding

 

Places

 

 

2018/2019 & 2019/2020

Climate Challenge Fund

£240,200.00

Forward Coupar Angus will improve knowledge of climate change and low carbon choices in the town through their Education and Training in a Climate Literacy project.

Further support will focus on sustainability with relation to food, travel and waste. Project activities include increasing the amount of food grown locally, a variety of cycling opportunities at Blairgowrie High School and a Reuse and Recycle Shop.

2019/2020

LEADER

£19,682.15

Coupar Angus Cycling Hub - to develop a sustainable social enterprise built upon a range of cycling initiatives operating in Coupar Angus. The enterprise will offer employment, training, tourism opportunities, alternative transport methodologies and community social and recreational activities to Coupar Angus and the wider Eastern Perthshire population. In addition, the project will develop community spirit/ engagement. It will help residents to make healthy life-style choices with a range of knock-on benefits for the town.

2019/2020 &

2020/2021

LEADER

£14,000.00

Coupar Angus Training and Community Hub - capital works to upgrade the toilet facility, insulation, upgrade bathroom facility and other miscellaneous items and finishing and window replacement.

2020/2021

Climate Asset Fund

£6,110.70

The grant was awarded for the purchase of food growing and associated equipment to help the people of Coupar Angus reduce local carbon emissions by growing their own food and learning to live more sustainably.

2020/2021 & 2021/2022

Climate Challenge Fund

£200,000.00

The Training for a Sustainable Carbon Saving Community project will be run by Forward Coupar Angus and will offer free support to help Coupar Angus and the surrounding  area to combine increases in Climate Literacy with a shift towards carbon-saving behaviours. Climate  Literacy training will be made widely available to individuals, interest groups and young people. Further project activities will include the establishment of a Low Carbon Centre in the town, a sustainable market garden and promotion of active travel amongst children and commuters.

2020/2021 & 2021/2022

Investing in Communities Fund

£72,200.00

To employ a Development Manager for further development of the Trust for the benefit of the town of Coupar Angus.

This will involve ensuring that the Aims and Objectives of FCA, as set out in the strategic plan are met. It will ensure that there is appropriate consultation with the community with regard to new project areas that FCA might develop and engagement of the community in current projects. It will ensure that FCA’s governance is correct and that all  policies and procedures are in place and assist with fund raising by writing grant bids. They will liaise with local organisations to ensure that partnerships are formed where appropriate and promote the activities of FCA to gain positive mindshare, participation and support from the community

 

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