The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions, with initiatives including energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Community-led organisations not currently in receipt of a CCF grant are invited to apply for funding of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year for 2019/20 and 2020/21. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process, is 5pm on 3 August 2018. Current CCF Grant Recipients should contact their CCF Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Development Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community-led organisations not currently in receipt of CCF funding identify and scope out potential climate action projects. There are monthly deadlines from June to August.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and is running CCF Information Events in June and July.  

All potential CCF applicants should refer to the CCF website or contact Keep Scotland Beautiful for full information about criteria, eligibility and deadlines

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For 2019/20 some CCF Grant Recipients will receive match funding from the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Fund.

Jean Cowie
Funding Officer
People, Planning and Performance
Localities & Partnerships Team
Old Viewforth
14-20 Pitt Terrace


Wednesday, 30 May 2018 12:34

Volunteer Befrienders needed

Could you spare a couple of hours a week as a volunteer befriender?

We are looking for volunteer befrienders to build relationships with people living with the early stages of dementia in the Stirlingshire area. We match befrienders with people who have similar interests so they can be encouraged to pursue loved hobbies or supported so they can build the confidence they need to take up new hobbies. This might be visiting a garden centre, having a walk or even just having a coffee and chat in the person’s home for two hours per week (full training, ongoing support and expenses paid).

If you are interested, please contact Gisele at Town Break on (01786) 476797 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Town Break is a Registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation  SCO20526

Article by Robert Fairnie from the Stirling Observer 9 May 2018

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Article by Robert Fairnie from the Stirling Observer 18 April 2018

Two fruit trees have been stolen from a community orchard in Dunblane. Police are investigating after a Black Oliver cherry and a Sweet Prune damson were dug up and taken away by crooks last week. Those responsible would have had to cart the trees, complete with stake and protective netting, out of the park without being detected. A Clydeside apple tree was also pulled up and thrown over a nearby fence but has since been recovered and replanted. All three were introduced to the Laigh Hills by volunteers over a weekend in December as a community orchard, comprising 300 fruit trees in total, was created.

The £5000 project, which was led by the Friends of the Laigh Hills, was made possible thanks to the hard work of the community and funding from the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme. Police visited the orchard after last week’s theft and they want anyone with information to come forward.

Alan Booth, of Dunblane Community Council, said: “That somebody would do this is disappointing for all those who gave up their time to help plant the trees. “We would urge users of the Laigh Hills to join Friends of the Laigh Hills group and notify us if they see anything unusual – be that things going wrong that need attention or new sightings of plants or animals that they want to share. “The good news is that the vast majority of the 300 trees we planted in December are now thriving.” The community orchard is thought to be one of the biggest of its kind in the area with a vast collection of trees planted to produce fruit in years to come. The trees came from a specialist fruit tree nursery near Perth and include Clydeside, Scot’s Bridget, Stirling Castle, Lemon Queen, Green Chisel, Gordon Castle and Black Oliver.

Mr Booth added: “The orchard will be a great asset, encouraging wildlife as well as producing fruit for all to enjoy. “It forms part of our plans to make the Laigh Hills a better place for people and wildlife.
“We are keen to add names to the Friends of the Laigh Hills group to take this forward, so anyone who is interested in getting involved, or just telling someone if they see something going wrong, please get in touch withy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..” Members of the group are also hoping to embark on a project to plant wildflowers in the area in coming weeks too. Anyone with information on the fruit tree theft is encouraged to contact police on 101.


Since September 2016 rail journeys from Dunblane to Glasgow and Edinburgh have been disrupted in the evenings and at weekends due to electrification works, with replacement buses being used. Futher electrification work will be undertaken overnight.  Services return to normal after 20 May 2018. Read more


In conjunction with the Dementia Friendly Dunblane Steering Group, we have created a one year project co-ordinator job. The role aims to develop a range of initiatives which provide activities for people living with dementia, raise awareness of dementia within community organisations and businesses and support local people to become more involved.

The closing Date is 23 May 2018 and interviews will be held week beginning 28 May 2018

More details here or contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



View the Forth Valley ArtBeat Website

Follow the Blue Route through Dunblane

Here are the local artists that are taking part:-

1.  Lys Hanse
2.  Eileen Wilson
3.  Sarah Spofforth-McOuat
4.  Rachel Davies
5.  Gwen Dean
6.  Irene Aylott
7.  Maureen Mitchell
8.  Camphill @Dunblane Library
9.  Dunblane Art Club
10.  Libby Yule
11.  Laura Gill
12.  Fiona McKenzie van Baardwijk
13.  Central Scotland School of Jewellery
14.  Tom McKenzie
15.  Lorna Brown
16.  Stewart Brown
17.  Gio Martin
18.  The Hut
19.  Karen Ellis Sowerby

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