Call for community groups to apply for more funding

Councilor Tom Johnston.  High Res.
Councilor Tom Johnston. High Res.

Cumbernauld community groups are being called upon to do more to apply for grants from North Lanarkshire Council.

Organisations based in Cumbernauld received just £6,987 in grants out of almost £300,000 distributed over the local authority area under its 2014-2015 Grant Awards Programme.

However the council says that the only reason the share is so low for Cumbernauld is due to a lack of applications from other groups in the town, and all applications from Cumbernauld were granted cash.

SNP councillor Tom Johnston said: “I’ve been saying for years that more groups in the town must bid. We seem to lack the tradition of applying for council support which is well-embedded in the older,closer-knit communities of historic Lanarkshire.”

Organisations in Motherwell received a total of over £47,000 in funding.