Shaping Glencairn

Shortly, a colourful community survey will be arriving at your home. Moniaive Initiative is a community organization dedicated to the vitality and resilience of the Glencairn Parish. Recently we have developed a set of questions based on key topics raised at community meetings, from affordable housing and local businesses to land access and environmental sustainability. There will be one survey per household. This is your chance to sit down with your family and discuss what matters to you in your community.  It would be a great help if you could take just a bit of time to fill it out and return it to a drop-box near you. 

“Why another community survey?” you might be asking. Did you know all the projects delivered by Moniaive Initiative rely on grants from a range of funders? Our achievements at The Hive, the affordable housing project at Sawmill Green, improvements to Macara Park, the successful campaign to lower the village speed limit to 20 mph, and projects to help install renewable energy in our community spaces have all required substantial fundraising.

We have lots of exciting ideas for things to come. In order to secure funding for the future of Moniaive, Kirkland and Wallaceton, our community needs to demonstrate to potential funders what we hold most valuable. The best way to do that is to hold a community survey. The information that you provide now will be used to support our future grant applications.

So sharpen your pencils and get ready for the Shaping Glencairn community survey coming your way. Moniaive Initiative has taken great care to make sure each household gets just one copy, and that they are anonymous and fair. For that reason, each survey will be delivered in an envelope. Once you have completed the survey, put it back in the envelope and seal it. Then you can return it to a local drop off point or arrange for a pick up by using the contact details above. If for some reason you don’t receive a survey, please be in touch and another will be sent to you right away.

This is the easiest way you can help shape your community. Moniaive Initiative thanks you.

Funding Success with Blackcraig

We are happy to announce that we have been granted £7,800 from the Blackcraig Windfarm Community Benefit Fund. This grant will enable us to offer a one-year employment contract to a Volunteer & Retail Coordinator at the Hive in Moniaive. With the exception of a limited opening period over Christmas 2020, the Hive has been closed for the duration of the Covid emergency. We have used this time to carry out essential repairs to the building, including damp treatment and floor replacement and levelling. This grant will now help us in our efforts to reopen as quickly as possible, because we appreciate how much the Hive has been missed by so many of our regular customers and service users.

We would also like to congratulate three other community groups who have achieved success in the same funding round. All three are currently being supported by Moniaive Initiative as they bring forward new projects:

Glencairn Memorial Institute has been granted funds to carry out essential building repairs (damp remediation and electrical improvements) to allow the building to re-open to the public following a long closure during the covid emergency.

Moniaive Playcare has been granted funds towards the internal fit-out of their new childcare facility in Corrie Doon in Chapel Street.

And finally, Glencairn Land & Woods Trust has been granted funds to enable them to employ a Development Officer to carry forward their aspirations for woodland ownership and management.

Our Chairman, Bill McLarty, said: “It is great to see over £47,000 of Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund monies coming into Glencairn and we were delighted to be able to support so many of our local community organisations to make successful bids”

We would like to thank the Blackcraig Windfarm Fund, and everyone at Foundation Scotland who administer the fund.

You can see the full list of awards here: