Two local organisations, The Gareloch group of Riding for the Disabled and the Scottish Submarine Centre will have their applications for grants put forward for approval to the Scottish Regional Armed Forces Community Covenant Awards Board. The board will meet later this month.
It comes after a meeting of the Argyll and Bute Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Awards Board on Thursday 4 July 2013. The Gareloch group of Riding for the Disabled are proposing to improve awareness of their organisation, increase opportunities and safety for riders and look after their horses. The proposed Scottish Submarine Centre would be the only one of its kind in Scotland and would be the home of an X51 class submarine. This class of midget submarine played a significant role during World War Two. It would also serve as a unique memorial to submariners who have lost their lives serving their country.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Veterans' Champion, Councillor Maurice Corry, said: “The members of the board were very impressed with the standard of the bids presented and the hard work put in by all eight applicants.
“The two bids recommended for approval demonstrated fulfilment of all the criteria and showed strong connections between the military community and local residents.”
Last September the council confirmed that the role of the partnership will be to consider local applications for funding under the Community Covenant Grant Scheme. This programme, which offers funding of £30 million over four years across the UK, was launched by the Ministry of Defence in August. It aims to strengthen ties between those who serve or have served in the armed forces and the communities in which they work and live.
Community groups, including charities, schools and volunteer groups, can submit applications for awards between £100 and £250,000. These grants can be used for a range of projects which meet the aims of the covenant – for example bringing together armed forces families with others in their communities, or exhibitions explaining what a local armed forces unit has been doing.