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Council funds Borders Railway celebrations

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A fund has been launched today by Scottish Borders Council to help communities celebrate the return of the Borders Railway.

The Borders Railway Celebration Fund will offer grants of a few hundred pounds up to a normal maximum of £2,500 for special events to mark the occasion.

It is open to all non-profit making voluntary and community organisations, community councils, schools, public bodies and places of worship, and applications can be submitted any time up to 15 December 2015.

“We know that many communities wish to put on special events to commemorate and celebrate the arrival of the Borders Railway and this fund will assist them to do this.

“The fund will operate in a very similar way to the highly successful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund and we are very keen to encourage applications from all over the Borders. We have worked hard to make the fund as flexible and as straightforward as possible and I hope that many Borders communities will apply and be involved in the celebrations."

– Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council