Investment projects with scope: Small Projects Grant Fund

Total budget £71,000

Claire Burns School of Dance - New equipment for teaching less-abled children

2024-01-24  •  19 comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

The Claire Burns School of Dance Fundraising Committee is looking to purchase equipment to aid deliver classes to less physical able-bodied children to which we would love to welcome at the school. The Committee supports the dance school as a parent led organization. We raise funds to buy equipment to aid the dance school deliver the best teaching possible and give the kids the best opportunities, which in turn helps kids with their physical health and mental well-being.  

The school has offered scholarships to kids who would not be able to do dance classes, be it through affordability or disability. Claire believes in inclusion no matter their abilities be it mental or physical.  Having more specialized equipment will help use be able to deliver classes to the less abled.   

All kids have the chance to work towards B.A.T.D. exams no matter there abilities as they get older and we have one young person who has just done this and now holds her own dance class within the school.

Gavinburn Primary playgound as it is now.

Gavinburn Primary - New Playground Play Provision

2024-01-24  •  2 comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

The Gavinburn Primary Parent Council aims to strengthen ties between the school, the pupils and Old Kilpatrick community. Following discussions with the schools management team, one of our identified priorities this year is to improve the school grounds and the opportunities within.

We intend to install a variety of new playground equipment and markings to reengage the children in playground activities. Some of the markings we have chosen would also be beneficial for outdoor learning opportunities, however our main priority with this project is increasing physical activity at break times and after school clubs. This equipment and markings would also be available for the community clubs who make use of the school through LETS. This will happen on the playground behind the school building and along either side. It is our ambition to provide each age range of children a new playground experience and to increase physical activity for all. This will also help us to resocialise the children in the wake of the pandemic. 

Our plan is to add educational and fun playground activities for all children to enjoy, at present our equipment is out dated and no longer engaging enough for our currents needs within the school.  The equipment purchased will also be suitable for and used to support children with additional needs within the school.

When it will happen will be dependent on both when funding comes through and the availability of the providers but we would seek to do this at the first available school holiday period in order to ensure the works can be carried out safely and an exciting launch to the children.  


St Joseph's - New Community Health and Wellbeing/ Sports Hub Equipment

2024-01-24  •  No comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

St Joseph’s Parent Council is a group of parent and carers who strive to support the local school in delivering their values, vision and aims. We have supported local members of the community in various ways by accessing funds to support physical activity, decrease isolation and decreasing health inequalities in the community. 

With any funding received the parent council would like to provide equipment for any group who would like to access the school facilities out with school operating times. There is a system in place for groups to ‘let’ the school out, but this funding would ensure that groups had access to health promoting and sporting equipment. This equipment would be based in the school to remove the barrier of storage for community groups. The equipment would be accessible to the groups to use to promote health and wellbeing via physical activity and healthy eating.

This project would be advertised as an opportunity for families to access a safe space whilst being active and healthy. This would be of particular use in the winter months when access to appropriate activity space is limited. This project would start in the 2024/25 school year.   

Milton Village Hall

Milton Village Community Group - Community Hall Refurb

2024-01-24  •  9 comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

Milton Village Community Group was formed in July 2022. Our initial activities related to the Village Hall which we are custodians of following the demise of the previous hall group. We now run community activities and events from the Hall and have been able to create a focus for village community life. Our activities have been very well received and well attended. The young people of the community designed and painted a mural within the hall during the October holidays and we feel that a sense of community ownership of the hall and the surrounding area is growing within the community. 

We completed the initial stage application for the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme through Local Energy Scotland. We were successful in this application which then allowed us to make a request for an Energy efficiency assessment. This is now completed and we have the evidence advising of the changes that would enhance the operation of the building and importantly cut the energy costs which are currently curtailing the use of the hall. More importantly it has been agreed in principle that we will receive 75% of the costs from the Government's SME Loan Scheme with the group required to support the remaining 25% of the costs, we will use the grant to cover these costs. 

The Hall which sits within King George V Field which is the only field in trust in West Dunbartonshire and is maintained by the Council on behalf of the Village. Our activities and the offer we make to the community is hampered by the energy inefficiency of the Hall. We cannot open as often as we would like in the winter months due to the cost of energy and heating the Hall. The work we are proposing will reduce the carbon footprint of the hall (in terms of energy) by up to 72% and reduce our energy costs by a similar amount.  


Kinship Care West Dunbartonshire - Wee Kin Kitchen

2024-01-24  •  No comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

Kinship Care West Dunbartonshire is based in Clydebank, and provide peer support groups, we provide caravan respite breaks 61 families last season . We have a child’s mental health group ‘still me’ we want to start a homework class for kinship children. We support over 100 families weekly and counting .We are moving to a large own level space to further our mission to eradicate isolation in kinship and achieve better outcomes for families but most importantly the children we care for.

We need a small kitchen to help provide more support to our users, and plan to convert one of the four rooms we have into a small kitchen space. We’d like to provide organic veg at least once a week to families from growers locally in West Dunbartonshire. We are hoping to get a small plot this year so kids and carers can grow their own and help not only nutritional needs but also teach then to use green space including their own gardens . We need food storage as with bigger space comes more families.

Screenshot of Old Kilpatrick map from

Old Kilpatrick Community-led Local Place Plan

2024-01-24  •  No comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

The Old Kilpatrick Community Council wants to engage the services of Community Links Scotland to support the preparation of a Community-led Local Place Plan.  The plan will be developed over the course of 6 months and will seek to identify the community’s aspirations and priorities as well as projects and developments which will form a community action plan.  The action plan will lead to real changes in the locations that the community identify as required and real investment in the area.

Through robust community engagement and activity, everyone in the Village will have an opportunity to contribute their ideas to the Place Plan.  The Community Council already has good relationships with community organisations such as scouts, the churches and the local schools and these relationships and others will be utilised to ensure the plan represents as many views as is possible.    

The current Alexandria Noticeboard.

Alexandria Community Council - New Noticeboards

2024-01-24  •  No comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

Alexandria Community Council is seeking to use the Communit Grant to commission two community notice boards to be erected in areas with regular footfall in Alexandria town centre. These would be handcrafted in durable wood. They would be designed to be accessible to wheelchair users with duplicate notices at 1000-1100mm and 150-1700mm. They would be place in locations which provide adequate turning space for wheelchairs. The design features of the notice board would hopefully become small focal areas in the town centre.

We will be engaging with a local wood crafting group in the design and construction of the notice boards.  Once constructed we will be communicating with community groups and inviting them to use the boards to promote their activities and events. We will have a QR code link to the Alexandria town website and Community Council Minutes and Agendas. The boards will be available for use by any group excluding political groups. We feel that these will be accessible and benefit local people and visitors to the area. It will provide information, which is often only available online at present, and often not readily available to many residents. It is hoped that this will help link more people with the groups and activities which are available.  


Vale of Leven Football Club - New Disabled Toilet Block

2024-01-24  •  2 comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

As we only have one Toilet Block at the Vale of Leven Football Club which doesn't have disabled access, a new disabled toilet will help us include disabled members, their familiy and the wider community who cannot currently attend events due to the lack of proper toilet facilities.

This project will help maintain their dignity, and allows the Football Club to be more inclusive for our community. We are also aiming to reach out to local care homes to allow their residents to come to The Millburn (our grounds) on match days. We want them to be able to watch the game, enjoy a free pie and bovril and feel part of their local community. 

The Hall kitchen is in need of refurbishment

Lennox & Argyll Battalion of the Boys Brigade - New Kitchen

2024-01-24  •  3 comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

The Lennox and Argyll Battalion is a charitable unincorporated independent Organization and part of the overall Boys’ Brigade movement. Our hall on Smollett Street, Alexandria,  requires an upgrade to its kitchen. The kitchen was last upgraded about 30 years ago and now showing it’s age.Maintaining a clean and hygienic kitchen is essential for health and safety reasons. We will look to install a new double sink can help by separating food prep from dishwashing. You can use one side for washing raw produce and the other for washing dishes, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Plus, having a designated sink for food prep can help keep our kitchen organised and efficient. We will also replace work tops and some kitchen carcasses. Our 30 old year cooker will be replaced by a  Electric Ceramic Cooker (Stainless Steel).

The project is part of a larger phased refurbishment project which started in 2018 with the replacement of an inefficient heating system with a heat pump system thanks to a Community Budgeting Phase 3 grant of £5000 and an interest free loan of £7300 from the Energy Saving Trust. The whole lighting system in the building was converted to  LED lighting at the same time.  In 2019 and 2023 the apprentice painters from the Clydebank campus of the West College painted most of the inside of the main hall and associated smaller rooms for free. In return the apprentices gained valuable experience and enhanced their skills .


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Isaro Community Initiative- New Community Cafe

2024-01-24  •  No comments  •  Calum McConnachie  •  Small Projects Grant Fund

Isaro Community Initiative is a community led organisation set up in 2010 and based in Clydebank at Centre81.

Our project consists of opening a new community space on 22 Alexander Street in Clydebank. We hope to reenergise e this long empty shop to provide good quality new and donated clothes at every reasonable prices. We will also have kids clothes and toys, games , books etc. These will be all set in a warm and welcoming café environment serving exotic teas and coffees, home made pastries and sweet treats for the people in Clydebank and surrounding areas.

We tried in the past to get permissions to open this shop but clearly, we do don’t have the expertise to make the application. This fund would help us obtain professional advice by employing the services of a local architect and the surveyor.