To date, the Berry Burn Community Fund has awarded a total of £1,191,243 as follows (starting with the most recent awards):
Round 20 – October 2020
Funding Awarded: £60,312.85
Dulaig Park Renovation (Grantown Initiative) £19,621.75 to renovate Dulaig Park in Grantown on Spey
Moray Firth Credit Union £17,160.00 to promote and support the work of Moray Firth Credit Union Ltd by salaries for two part time staff to focus on the effects of the COVID pandemic
Strathspey Camanachd £4,000.00 for match funding towards the employment of a club development officer to promote and develop the sport of shinty
Strathspey Works £3,250.00 towards the installation of a more efficient, cost effective and lower carbon heating system
Nature 4 Health £3,000.00 towards funding two “Branching Out” mental health recovery programmes, in Sanquhar Woods Forres and Quarrel Wood, Elgin
Social Enterprise Academy £3,000.00 towards providing three fully funded online learning programmes for leaders of community organisations in the fund area, to enable them to lead their organisations through the challenges of the current pandemic
Grantown Grammar School £2,791.70 to enter into Highland Northern Stars competition
Barbara Spicer £2,850.00 for the purchase of a hot tub with access/entry steps for the purpose of vital hydrotherapy for disabled daughter as Forres Hydrotherapy pool is closed
Grantown Swim Club £2,000 towards ensuring provision of consistent training, volunteering opportunities and the opportunity for future swimmers to enjoy the club
Forres Footpaths Trust £1,200.00 to create map of all the current walking routes identified and described by Forres Footpaths Trust on their website. The map will then be printed on 3 panels of vandal proof material
Jasmin Robertson £985.00 to purchase of class legal Laser Radial sail plus suitable winter sailing kit
Speyside High School, Aberlour, £454.40 to fund project designed to encourage reading for pleasure in line with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge by providing every second year pupil with a book of their own
Round 19a – Emergency Covid-19 Funding 2020
Funding Awarded: £4,730.00
Moray Food Plus £350.00 to work with Aberlour Community Association and Dyke Landward Community Council to provide food support to vulnerable people within their own communities.
Alzheimer Scotland £500.00 to provide increased the level of support available through 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline to help people with dementia and their carers.
Moray Handy Person £250.00 to provide practical assistance to vulnerable people in Moray through a network of volunteers, mainly providing shopping deliveries and making befriending telephone calls.
FACT £500.00 to produce and deliver leaflets with essential information for households, including financial support, health information, contacts for COVID groups, mental health contacts and safety information.
Dyke Landward Community Council £200.00 to provide basic provisions to support families who have lost their means of income until they receive government financial support.
Cromdale & Advie Community Council £400.00 to fund a team of volunteers providing collection and delivery of food prescriptions and offer a support system and befriending service.
T-Exchange, Moray Makerspace £600.00 to provide 3D printed headbands and acetate face shields, focussing initially on the health centres, sheltered housing, care homes and home care services.
Marie Curie £500.00 to provide critical PPE for frontline staff to ensure we can continue to give choice in place of death for those patients that it is safe to do so in their own home.
Quarriers Arrow Service £230.00 to distribute essential food to those isolating/ shielding, suffering food poverty, seeking refuge as well as those coping with the challenges related to drug and alcohol addiction within Moray including the Forres community.
Forres Covid-19 Mutual Aid Network £250.00 to deliver fresh flowers to reach people who: are struggling but it has been difficult to connect with or offer support; are struggling emotionally and/ or are isolated from family and friends; are struggling with their mental health.
Craigellachie Village Council £200.00 for electrical costs to move defibrillator from Craigellachie Hotel (which is locked due to current restrictions) to more accessible location at village hall.
Ability Net £200.00 to provide free helpline for technology advice and information for disabled and older people and free online expert resources including factsheets, webinars and step by step guides.
Forres Area Credit Union £250.00 to provide a ‘face to face’ service so that members on benefits can have access to their finances allowing saving and withdrawing funds for daily living. Advice and support for completion of forms to access grants for food and essential items during the COVID crisis.
Grantown Primary School Parent Council £300.00 to provide greater access to all-weather outdoor education by purchasing a Coleman Shelter.
Round 19 – June 2020.
Funding Awarded: £61,789.00
Forres Heritage Trust Ltd £20,000.00 to carry out restoration and repair work to the external fabric of the Forres Tolbooth
Moray School Bank £15,000.00 to provide school uniforms for children living in poverty in the BBCF area
Forres Friends of Woods and Fields (Nick Molnar) £11,100.00 to eradicate invasive laurel and rhododendron, creating a new area of attractive woodland in the heart of Forres for public access
Cairngorms Orchestra £5,400.00 to purchase three timpani, (also known as kettledrums), of different sizes and tuned to different pitches
Moray Concert Brass £4,109.00 to buy percussion instruments for the band
The Grantown Society £3,680.00 to purchase of two portable water bowsers and thirty hanging baskets to enhance Grantown on Spey’s community street floral displays
Marie Curie Moray & Strathspey £2,500.00 towards nursing services
Round 18 – February 2020.
Funding Awarded: £91,640.00
Friends of Blairs Loch £20,000.00 for the redevelopment and extension of the stable building at Loch of Blairs into a field study classroom/meeting room
Leanchoil Trust £10,000.00 for Community Impact Assessment and Business Planning
Grant Hall Rothes £10,000.00 to install double glazing units to reduce heat loss and increase the efficiency of heating systems
Grantown Museum & Heritage Trust £10,000.00 to undertake a community led project focused on Strathspey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Findhorn Bay Arts £8,000.00 towards the costs of staging the 2020 Findhorn Bay Festival: venue hire, local accommodation for performers/technicians, hire of vintage bus for transport and tours
Wild Things! £7,500.00 towards the purchase of a new minibus with disabled accessibility features
Grantown YMCA £6,000.00 towards the installation of a fire alarm system in the building which is compliant with current fire regulations
Forres & District Mens Shed £5,000.00 towards the purchase and installation of a dust extraction system in their workshop
Friendly Access £5,000.00 to provide SwimABLE and SurfABLE Scotland sessions
Forres & District Pipe Band £3,840.00 to meet the costs of fees for tuition on the Pipes and Drums
Strathspey Camanachd £2,000.00 towards funding for ongoing pitch letting costs for matches and training in the 2020 season
Lucy Evans £1,500.00 to purchase of air pistol to progress shooting performance
Grantown Grammar Northern Stars £1,400.00 towards entry fees into a national competition and t-shirts for participants
Edinkillie Community Association £1,400.00 towards running costs of the hall (namely, electricity and insurance) for the period of 12 months
Round 17 – October 2019.
Funding Awarded: £41,462.00
Craigellachie Village Council £15,000.00 to build an extension onto the village hall in order to provide improved disabled facilities and offer increased storage capacity
Grantown Grammar School £7,000.00 to purchase and install a kiln for the Art department
Step by Step in Moray £6,250.00 to provide continued support for isolated and vulnerable Forres parents with children aged 0 – 3 years old
Knockando Athletics Group £5,002.00 to install outdoor fitness equipment, suitable for all ages and abilities and free to use at any time
Moray Baby Bank £5,000.00 to purchase a washing machine, tumble drier, mattresses, car seats, and for rent and operating costs
Kinloss Military Wives Choir £2,210.00 to replace the choir’s broken keyboard and inadequate microphones
Emma and Ashley Donald £1,000.00 to assist with the cost of extra badminton coaching and competitions
Round 16 – June 2019.
Funding Awarded: £73,557.00
16-04 Moray School Bank £15,000.00 to provide school uniforms for children living in poverty in the BBCF area
First Forres Scout Group £15,000.00 to purchase a new minibus
Findhorn Tennis Club £8,000.00 to replace the green, PVC coated, wire fencing around the tennis club on 3 sides plus two dividing fences
Grantown Tennis Club £8,000.00 to replace all 8 courts with new court lines and clay court dressing
Forres Area Community Trust £7,500.00 to fund Forres Online Digital Inclusion Project
St Laurence Parish Church £5,000.00 to support the maintenance costs of St. Laurence Church building
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool £3,684.00 to refurbish the hydrotherapy pool
Residents of the Old Station, Dava £3,000.00 to bring The Old Station, Dava joint water supply up to suitable grade to pass health standards
The Dava Way Association £2,840 to replace a tipping trailer to maintain and upgrade the footpath and cycleway
Moray Fresh Start £2,033.00 to provide starter packs for previously homeless individuals or families moving into BBCF area
Rothes Golf Club £2,000.00 for Junior Coaching Programme
1st Forres Guides and Forres Rangers £1,500.00 to help fund travel to participate in Scout & Guide expedition in Switzerland
Round 15 – February 2019.
Amount Awarded: £39,605.50
Forres Community Council £20,000.00 for a feasibility study of the uses for Leanchoil Hospital, Forres
Grantown YM Community Centre £7,712.00 for assistance to continue to employ a community centre co-ordinator
Rafford Village Hall £6,000.00 to create disabled parking and an access path and to resurface the car park
Grantown Try Tri £2,200.00 to fund the development of a website and link to a 3rd party booking agency for the Grantown Try Tri held annually
The Grantown Society £1,954.60 to help facilitate the 2019 Fiddler of Strathspey Festival, specifically to fund the provision of a marquee for the event
Strathspey Camanachd £1,048.90 to help with funding for ongoing pitch letting costs for the 2019 season
Cairngorm Studios £690.00 to assist The Pagoda in Grantown to take part in the National Puppet Animation Festival, staging performances for children
Round 14 – October 2018.
Amount awarded: £60,624.00
ReBOOT (Moray Computer Recycling) £12,650.00 to purchase premises & equipment for creative upcycling and plastic recycling research
Dyke & Edinkillie Parish Church £10,000.00 towards the cost of phase 2 of Dyke Church Access for the Future Project, providing disability-compliant and improved facilities in Dyke Church Hall
Coyote Initiatives CIC £7,216.00 to purchase equipment for outdoor based creative projects using music, sound and film
Speyside Community Car Sharing Scheme £6,000.00 to enable the continuation of providing an affordable, on request volunteer transport service
Sanquhar Dam Renovation Group £5,500.00 to continue works around the dam, to maintain and make the facility more accessible
Findhorn Village Conservation Company £5,000.00 towards the construction of an accessible path along the village side of Findhorn Bay
Friendly Access £4,880.00 to provide SwimABLE and SurfABLE sessions for children who have barriers to mainstream sessions and/or barriers to being active
Forres Bowling Club £3,500.00 towards the purchase of a new mower
Brogan Hall £2,878.00 for the purchase of an adapted trike to enable greater mobility and interaction with the community
Rothes Tennis Club £1,500.00 for electrical improvements to the clubhouse
Caitlin Moir £1500.00 towards travel and training costs to compete as part of Team GB at the World Taekwondo Championships in Taiwan
ROUND 13 – June 2018.
Amount awarded: £62,072.00
Friends of the Falconer Museum £12,933.00 to support a community archaeological excavation on Cluny Hill, Forres
Forres Area Credit Union £10,800.00 to employ a Schools Savings Scheme Development Worker to extend the Schools Savings Project
Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation £10,000.00 towards the cost of replacing the current life-saving rescue boat
Moray School Bank £9,750.00 to provide school uniforms for children living in poverty in the Berry Burn Community Fund area
Forres & District Pipe Band £7,500.00 to provide uniforms for the newly formed Forres & District Youth Band
Speyside Paddlers £2,000.00 towards the purchase of kayaks, equipment and trailer
Edinkillie Community Hall £5,600.00 to replace 2 wooden fire escape doors with UPVC doors
Forres in Bloom £1,810.00 to provide fencing for security and shelter at Victoria Road nursery and garden area
Willow Tree Allotments Association £700.00 towards pre-development planning and legal costs in development of an allotments site in Grantown
Duffus Spynie & Hopeman Church of Scotland £979.00 to purchase two wheelchair accessible picnic benches for Spynie Kirk carpark
ROUND 12 – February 2018.
Amount awarded: £52,882.50
Strathspey Thistle Football Club £10,000 towards the replacement of a mower to maintain the pitch and grounds to SFA standards
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool £8,585 to convert an unused space into an additional disabled changing room
Forres Area Community Trust £7,720 to employ an Older Person’s Co-ordinator to support Cameron’s Champions Befriending Project
Forres Thistle Football Club £7,500 towards the refurbishment of shower areas in the dressing rooms
Wild Things! £8,820 towards the purchase of a 4WD vehicle for transporting the children, young people and vulnerable adults participating in their courses into natural environments
Forres Youth and Families Outreach £4,000 to continue funding the outreach programme
The Dava Way Association £3,420.00 to purchase a wood chipper for the ongoing maintenance of the Dava Way
Moravian Orienteering Club £3,000 towards the replacement of electronic orienteering equipment
Rothes Community Ltd £1,840.00 for the repairs to the Rothes Visitor Centre
Grantown & District Twinning Association £1,290 for local transportation of visiting French delegates
St Laurence Church Congregational Board £568.50 to document and print the history of the St Laurence Church site in Forres
Nairn Synchronised Swimming Club £500 towards funding of a training weekend with coaching by an ex-GB international synchro swimmer
The T-Exchange £300 toward the purchase of equipment for plastics recycling project in Forres
ROUND 11 – October 2017.
Amount awarded: £56,691
Ray’s Opportunities £13,992 to provide training and support for people with physical/hidden/learning difficulties
Grantown Playgroup £8,820 to provide challenging and imaginative play equipment to aid learning through play
Findhorn Bay Arts £7,500 to assist with costs of festival in 2018
Riding for the Disabled Forres £7,134 to provide ponies and RDA instructors for therapeutic riding lessons
Kinloss Crafty Cool Kids Club £6,000 to improve and develop suitable child care facility
Varis Circus Clan £5,000 to purchase equipment, rehearsal space and teachers
Strathspey Camanachd £4,920 to purchase goals and nets, and help with costs of pitch and changing room hire
Forres Christmas Lights £3,325 for maintaining and erecting Forres Christmas lights and Christmas tree
ROUND 10 – June 2017.
Amount awarded: £64,880
Edinkillie Community Association £11,671 to carry out repairs to Edinkillie village hall
Dyke Parish Church £10,000 to provide safe and accessible path between church, village hall and school
Forres Features £10,000 towards the costs of running Colours of Cluny, lights and music event in 2017
Forres Community Woodland Trust £6,840 to continue programme of removal of non-native invasive plants
Sanquhar Dam Renovation Group £5520 for the renovation of banking, paths, revetments and new access paths
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool £5240 to replace lockers and filter pump plus water testing costs
Forres Golf Course £5,000 for refurbishment of greenkeepers’ shed
Earth for Life £5,000 for staffing and development costs of an Ecotherapy programme
Forres Harriers £3,000 to assist with costs of staging British Masters Cross Country Championships in March 2018
Forres Highland Games £2109 to purchase transparent wall and roof panels to enhance the stage marquee
Michael Crutch £500 for provision of signs at Lochindorb for wildlife protection
ROUND 9 – February 2017.
Amount awarded: £67,600
Grantown Museum & Heritage Trust £10,000 to stage art exhibition (July to October 2017)
Grantown Grammar School (Extramural Activites) £7,200 to purchase trailer and canoes
Alves Village Hall £15,000 to carry out upgrade on toilet/kitchen facilities in hall
Knockando Woolmill £22,750 for 2 new textile machines
Forres Area Soccer 7s £4000 for trip to twinning town Vienenburg
Forres Youth and Families Outreach £4,000 to continue funding outreach programme
Team Munro Harris £2,700 , to contribute to the costs of high-level competition in yachting
Dava Way Association £800 to purchase equipment for path improvements
Findhorn & Kinloss Community Council £650 to buy a defibrillator
ROUND 8 – October 2016.
Amount awarded: £82,153
Forres Mechanics Football Club £23,000 for work to improve pitch drainage
Edinkillie Community Hall £1,500 for a survey of the building
Grantown Grammar School £3,285 to purchase a printing press for art projects, for school and community use
Ray’s Opportunities £12,715 to fund support and training offered to young people
Logie Primary Parent Council £18,446 for play equipment
Findhorn Bay Nature Reserve £1,500 to fund information boards
the meeting place £11,542 towards a young people’s project in Grantown-on-Spey
Forres in Bloom £2,362 towards a trailer and trolleys
Forres Rotary Club £1,407 to help towards the annual fireworks display
Sanquhar Dam Renovation Group £3,996 towards environmental improvements
Inverness Orienteering Club £2,400 to produce a digital map of the Anagach Woods in Grantown-on-Spey
ROUND 7 – June 2016.
Amount awarded: £18,903
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool £3,000, for improvements to the pool
Forres Community Clean Up £1,541, to encourage litter picking projects
Team Munro Harris £1,000 , to contribute to the costs of high-level competition in yachting
Emma and Ashley Donald £760, to contribute to the travel and competition costs of two local badminton players
Forres Thistle Football Club £1,500, to buy a storage unit
Creative Visions Moray £2,500, to help fund a film about Forres
Forres Small Bore Rifle and Pistol Club £550, to improve the exterior of the range
Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) £3,250, to help develop Forres Online
Finderne Community Council £132, to fund hall rental for the newly-reformed group
Moray Firth Triathlon Club £750, to help fund a triathlon event
Grant House Care Home, Grantown on Spey £900, to pay for plants and flowers
Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust £2,500, to help fund outreach work to primary schools
Grantown Twinning Association £520, to help with transport costs to France
ROUND 6 – February 2016.
Amount awarded: £62,257
Forres St Lawrence Cricket Club £5,000 for the refurbishment of the pavilion
Findhorn Village Heritage Centre £3,250 for improvements to the building
Oliver Clark £1,000 towards the purchase of a professional-standard ‘cello
Forres Features £10,000 towards a light display on Cluny Hill (plus up to £7,500 shortfall guarantee)
Forres Golf Club £500 towards new flooring
St Leonard’s Church, Forres £4,000 to fund an outreach project
Grantown Grammar £1,000 to participate in the Rock Challenge
Kyle Cartmell £1,000 to support participation in cycling competitions
Moravian Orienteering Club £270 to finance an orienteering event
Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust £1,100 to help tackle invasive species
Grantown Nursery £7,000 to purchase playground equipment
Forres in Bloom £961 to purchase greenhouse equipment
Forres Golf Course £1,885 to help complete a fencing project
Findhorn Bay Arts £7,791 to support the Findhorn Bay Festival 2016
Grantown YMCA £10,000 to fund a youth worker
ROUND 5 – November 2015.
Amount awarded: £54,170
Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council £1,258 to improve a local, unadopted road
Anderson’s Primary Parent Council £9,000 (subject to match funding) to purchase a climbing boulder
Forres and District Pipe Band £3,062 to help pay for their rehearsal space
Findhorn Flyers £500 to help fund a fitness instructor and room rental
Findhorn Bowling Club £1,500 to help improve the state of their green
the meeting place £15,000 (subject to match funding) to help finance a project for adults with learning difficulties
Forres House Community Centre £1,350 to purchase a new spin cycle
Forres Rotary Club £2,500 to help refurbish Santa’s sleigh and purchase safety equipment
Cromdale Hall £20,000 (subject to match funding) to help fit a new roof
ROUND 4 – September 2015.
Amount awarded: £35,300
Moray Youth GB Atlantic Challenge Team £5,625 to help fund participation in the Atlantic Challenge 2016
Noah’s Ark Developmental Playgroup £3,775 to pay for new tricycles and bicycles
Grantown Tennis Club £10,000 to pay for new windows
Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team £5,000 to support the purchase of new equipment
The DAVA Project £500 to help promote our local railway heritage
Forres Area Credit Union £5,400 to pay for a School Savings co-ordinator
Friends of Falconer Museum £5,000 to help finance science workshops
ROUND 3 – June 2015.
Amount awarded: £31,761
Rafford Village Hall £3,429 to help restore a stained glass window
PACE Youth Street Band £1,876 to fund a mentoring programme and to pay for new instruments
Findhorn Art Group £1,000 to finance art classes
Forres Air Cadets £1,500 to fund the purchase of laptops
Kinloss Abbey Trust £2,000 (subject to the applicant’s own fundraising) towards a conservation feasibility study
Dava Moor Residents’ Association £600 towards scoping for a reliable water supply
Grantown Festive Lights £8,000 towards improving the town Christmas lights
Moray Firth Triathlon Club £600 to help stage a novice triathlon event
Edinkillie Community Hall £8,288 for new windows
Grantown Swim Club £1,200 to pay for land training
Findhorn Bowling Club £869 to buy equipment
Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust £2,399 to help stage a river festival
The Eileidh Paterson Appeal Fund a £500 ex gratia payment
ROUND 2 – March 2015.
Amount awarded: £91,495
Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council £980 towards improvements to a local footpath
Grantown 250 £11,400 to construct a Regality Cross to mark the town’s 250th anniversary
Grantown Playgroup £5,115 for the replacement of doors and windows
Heather Anderson £500 to help fund a year-long placement in South Africa
Dallas Community Development Trust £18,000 to fund a new playground
Forres Events Ltd £20,000 towards the staging of the European Pipe Band Championships
The Moray Way £3,000 to support the marketing of the Moray Way Association
Forres Christmas Lights £8,000 to improve the town’s Christmas lights
Forres in Bloom £3,500 to help purchase tools and to erect a greenhouse
Forres Golf Course £21,000 to replace and renew perimeter fencing
ROUND 1 – December 2014.
Amount awarded: £80,627
Forres Academy Parent Council £10,000 for the purchase of lockers and PE equipment
Forres and District Pipe Band £1,470 for the rental of a rehearsal hall
Forres Area Credit Union £17,160 to fund an office co-ordinator
Forres Bluefins £1,900 to help fund a swimming gala
Forres Harriers £4,490 to fund floodlights and sports equipment
Forres in Bloom £12,526 to fund a new greenhouse
Forres Squash and Fitness Club £10,000 to help repair the roof
The Grantown Health Centre Equipment Fund £1,000 towards an emergency defibrillator
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool £2,486 for improvements to the changing area
Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation £1,000 to replace safety helmets and lifejackets
Moray Waste Busters £4,390 to build a two-storey bicycle store
Moxie Media £900 to fund an accredited mental health course
Rotary Club of Forres £448 to provide a day out for 50 elderly people
Forres and District Twinning Association £4,500 to help finance exchange trips with Forres’ twin town in Germany
Strathspey Camanachd £3,357 to pay for shinty kit, coaching and pitch costs
Wild things! £5,000 towards a community project tackling non-native species