Local charities and community organisations throughout the Scottish Borders and Midlothian now have the opportunity to apply for a share of £4k of the Borders Railway community safety fund.

The funding marks the last series of grants that will be made available to local community safety and engagement initiatives ahead of the new railway opening to the public in September. To date the community safety fund has distributed £7.5k to over 40 local groups since launching in 2013.

Organisations applying can benefit from up to £250 for projects which encourage railway, site or road safety, discourage theft and vandalism or engage with the local community.

Previous beneficiaries of the Borders Railway community safety fund, which is independently managed by Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN), include: the Galashiels Air Cadets, Midlothian drama group, Pit Pony Productions in Dalkeith (pictured below) and various primary schools, including Langlee Primary School, which developed an outdoor play and learning area.

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Craig Bowman, senior communications manager, Network Rail, said: “Since the fund launched, it has been fantastic to be able to support so many worthwhile causes which are providing a lasting legacy in communities throughout Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

“This is the last round of funding before construction of the railway is completed this summer and before services begin running on the route in September, We encourage organisations to apply as early as they can.”

Jacqui Doig, Scottish Community Safety Network Manager, said: “The community safety grants have supported local engagement and helped raise awareness of the risks associated with construction work and rail safety.

“We are thrilled to hear that further funding is being made available to support local projects as the funding to date has made a real impact on the ground in letting people know about the railway.”

Projects can apply for up to £250.00. Applications must be submitted before 27 February 2015. For more information on the grant please contact