We have already been awarded grant funding to develop this project.
Our very warm thanks go to The Scottish Land Fund for their award of grant funding to purchase the Slains Kirk building for community use as a centre for the SEAchange project.
They have also awarded us funding to purchase nearby land on which to create community woodland. Together these two purchases will be a vital step in the realisation of the SEAchange project.
The Formartine Area Committee and The Architectural Heritage Fund have enabled us to have professional advice to research the viability of acquiring the old kirk building as a demonstration model and as an information centre for our project. This has included a feasibility study, a valuation, a condition report, a structural survey, architectural design drawings and costs calculated by a quantity surveyor, as well as help with our business plan from Just Enterprise.
The Architectural Heritage Fund have given us further funding in February 2021 to develop the project – again very much appreciated.
Formartine Area Committee also funded an independent community consultation and ballot, which took place in December 2019. Voting papers were sent to all 252 homes in the Community Council catchment area. There were two questions, representing the two strands of our project. Of the 187 votes cast, 74% and 75% supported each of the two aspects of the project.
This support from the community gives us confidence in both the viability of the SEAchange project, and the need felt by the community here for it.