TWO Lewis organisations are set to embark upon new projects this year with thanks to grants from the Lewis Endowment Fund.
The Lewis and Harris Auction Mart, at Steinish near Stornoway, will receive £2,750 funding towards an expansion of facilities to create additional secure penning space for 1,000 sheep and up to 50 cattle, ensuring that the Mart can cope with demand.
And Macaulay College – run by Roland Engebrestsen and Rebecca Lindsay to provide activities for people with additional social and educational needs – will use a grant of £2,250 to kick start their new ‘Back to Root’s project which will see members growing fruit and vegetables to complement other activities.
The Lewis Endowment Fund was established by the late Thomas Basset Macaulay, a native of Lewis who was the president of the Sunlife Company in Montreal.
Macaulay also founded Aberdeen’s Macaulay Land Use Research Institute; now the James Hutton Institute, which makes the annual grant awards to projects that will benefit Lewis, particularly the development of agriculture and other land-based enterprises.
Professor Robin Pakeman, who manages the fund on behalf of the James Hutton Institute, said: “We believe that the Fund can contribute significantly to crofting and other groups on Lewis.
“There is a space for the Fund in contributing to the early stage of projects to help get them off the ground or to provide facilities that would be difficult to fund from other sources.”
There will be a further call from the James Hutton Institute for funding applications later this year.
For further information about the Lewis Endowment Fund, contact Professor Pakeman – firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Lewis Endowment Fund Page on the Institutes’s website at www.hutton.ac.uk/learning/lewis-endowment-fund