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Funding award

SEAchange are delighted to receive £96,727 from the Rural & Island Communities Ideas into Action fund, a Scottish Government programme aimed at supporting “community groups to design and deliver innovative solutions to local challenges in rural communities across Scotland”.

This funding has been awarded to enable SEAchange to plant 18,000 trees, to produce a final plan for the refurbishment of Slains Kirk, and to get help with project management.

The woodland will improve local biodiversity as well as offsetting carbon emissions. This funding award will also enable SEAchange to fence the land which the Scottish Land Fund awarded a grant to buy for the creation of community woodland.

The funding will make it possible for SEAchange to have the expert advice needed to go on to the next stage in renovating the Slains Kirk building. The refurbishment of the former Kirk as a café will provide a new resource and focal point for the community, whilst sharing information on ways by which community members and visitors can reduce their carbon impact.

The intention is also to showcase local art and heritage, both assets of this area which has strong historical connections and a network of talented artists and musicians.

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