The Auchterarder Common Good Fund Committee met last week to consider applications for funding.
An agreement was made with the Auchterarder and District Community Council that a representative may attend meetings. This was the first such meeting and Malcom Scobie, representative from Aberuthven attended this meeting.
Two applications were received for funding, one from the Auchterarder Bloom Association and one from Neuro Central.
Auchterarder Bloom Association applied for a grant of £2000 to help them ensure the continuing provision of the floral displays within the town. Previously the Bloom Association had received grants of amounts up to £150.
The Committee questioned why there was such an increase in the amount requested. Community Councillor Malcom Scobie who was in attendance provided some insight. The watering and upkeep of the displays is taking more and more time and the group would like to employ someone to ensure the displays are looked after regularly, rather than rely on volunteers.
Councillor Lyle proposed a grant of £1000 due to the sudden rise in the amount being requested. This amount was approved by the committee.
Neuro Central were asking for a grant of £1,264.80. This includes £856.80 to purchase exercise equipment, and £480 to purchase a survey monkey subscription. The grant will contribute to running a physiotherapist-led programme of exercise sessions for those living with a neurological condition, and help the organisation ensure it is making a difference to its service users.
A question was asked regarding the cost of the Survey Monkey subscription but ultimately the application was approved.