Community Chest Initiative



 Funds are to be made available to support local community projects.

 The Currie Balerno Rotary Club has set aside within the current year’s budget provision to assist modest local projects which offer benefit to the local community. We call it our Community Chest and it is the initiative of President Robert Menzies at the start of his year in office.

 “I want us to be and be seen as being committed to our local community. I want us to build on the contribution we already make locally and to strengthen our links within the community. Our Club does such a lot both locally and internationally but it is the local people who support us and enable us to achieve so much and it is important that we support local people in return. Our Community Chest is a way of doing just that.”

 So the Rotary Club invites local organisations or groups – schools, social clubs, sports clubs etc – to apply for support. The criteria are straightforward.

 Applications are invited from organisations or groups but not from individuals.

the projects must be new, clearly defined and quite separate from operational or running costs or from projects already in place;

the projects must be of benefit to the local community and this benefit must be spelled out in the applications.

 If you want to know more about this proposal or about how to apply, contact us at

 Just a word of caution. The Community Chest does not have unlimited resources – but we want to see these resources spread across as many projects as possible.

 An application form can be downloaded below

Community Chest Application Form.rtf

The response has been gratifying and the first awards were made in February, all to projects involving youngsters. The cheques were presented at a very informal tea party at the Corner CafĂ© in Currie.

The organisations receiving awards were:

The 3rd Balerno Brownies receiving a contribution towards the cost of a week-end at
The Dalguise Adventure Centre in Perthshire;

The Currie 2005 Football Club with a contribution towards the cost of their participating in the fair play football tournament in Ayr, which brings together teams from across Scotland;

Nether Currie Primary School who in participating in the Junior Awards Scheme, Scotland (JASS) have been commended for their contribution to a project addressing localised flooding in Muir Wood Park.

Currie Community High School whose participation in the Junior Awards Scheme Scotland (JASS) aims to provide community benefit by setting up environmental maintenance projects and by supporting care homes and charities

Currie Star FC are participating in the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden in July. This is the world’s largest and most international youth football tournament. Each year, around 1600 teams from 80 nations take part. This is the first opportunity for these boys to go as a squad. Club President Robert Menzies is pictured  with team coach Ian Dracup and two of the squad holding on to the cheque - Coll Dracup on the left and Callum Gourlay on the right.




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