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Below is the text from their six page leaflet

MAINSHILL
TRUST

It is hoped that, over the life of the Mainshill coaling operations, a fund of about £500,000 will be created for the benefit of the Community which can be used to create a positive long-term legacy for Douglas and its immediate environs. The total contribution the trust receives will ultimately depend on the quality of coal extracted from Mainshill.

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The Mainshill Trust

When Planning Permission was granted for the Mainshill Surface Coal Mine, Douglas & Angus Estates and Scottish Coal obtained agreement from South Lanarkshire Council that the community trust contributions associated with the scheme, should be channelled into a Trust, established specifically to benefit the village of Douglas, the immediate surrounding area and those people mostly likely to affected by the scheme. [sic]

The establishment of a Community Trust for the specific benefit of Douglas was a prerequisite to the development of Mainshill by the Douglas-Home Family and is being funded separately by both Scottish Coal and Douglas and Angus Estates - payments made are based on the tonnage of coal sold from the site.

The Mainshill coaling operation commenced this summer and / the Trust (known as the "Mainshill Trust") is now beginning to accumulate funds and is in a position where there is now sufficient monies available for the Trustees to both accept applications for grants and, subject to some final formalities, begin making awards.

It is hoped that, over the life of the Mainshill coaling operations, a fund of about £500,000 will be created for the benefit of the Community - which can be used to create a positive long-term legacy for Douglas and its immediate environs.

The Trustees hope that the Trust Fund will be used in part for one, or a number of, "Landmark Projects" but they are also keen to assist with smaller projects that will have a positive benefit to community life.

Who Can Apply?

Any group can apply, as long as they meet the following criteria; -

• Reside in Douglas and its immediate area (the map outlining the area covered by the Trust, can be viewed, by contacting the Chair).

• Meet the trust purposes.

• Have a bank account in the name of that Organisation, with two authorised signatories.

• Have a written constitution.

• Maintain proper financial records that are certified annually.

• Be open to inspection by official representatives of the Mainshill Trust on request.

Full details are on the Application Form, which can be requested by contacting Joy Hitchcock, Estates Office, Newmains Home Farm, Douglas ML110RH

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How much can you apply for?

The Trustees hope that the Trust Fund will be used in part for one, or a number of, "Landmark Projects" but they are also keen to assist with smaller projects that will have a positive benefit to community life.

The Trust will consider each application individually but would hope, (especially for larger amounts) that any applications made are part of a funding package, with applications made to other agencies and partners alongside the groups own fundraising efforts.

When can you apply?

The Trustees aim to meet a minimum of twice a year depending on the number of applications. The provisional application deadlines for 2011 are shown in the table below.

Application Deadline

21st January

8th April

8th July

7th October

Things to remember

Your groups idea/project must meet the Trust's purposes.

• That you have all the supporting documentation required.

• In certain circumstances, particularly for grants over £ 1000, the Trustees may impose additional conditions on a grant award. For example, the Trust may ask a group to come and meet with them to discuss their ideas or they may ensure that the project is being properly managed by a qualified person.

• The Trust will consider whether the ongoing maintenance/ revenue consequences of the project have been addressed.

• Payment of any grant awarded from the Mainshill Trust will be made only on the production of satisfactory evidence that (a) the expenditure has been incurred or committed, as approved eg. copy invoice, receipt or order and that (b) a complete funding package as been secured in relation to the project as a whole.

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TRUST PURPOSES

The Trust shall operate for the advancement of the following purposes, for the public benefit within the community of Douglas.

• the advancement of citizenship or community development; (including rural or urban regeneration and the promotion of civic responsibility, volunteering, the voluntary sector or the effectiveness or efficiency of charities)

• the provision or improvement of recreational or community facilities, or the Organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended; and only in relation to recreational facilities or activities which are available to members of the public at large

• the advancement of public participation in sport, (the term "sport" means sport which involves physical skill and exertion)

• the advancement of environmental protection or improvement

• the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science

• advancement of education and other social purposes beneficial to a community

• the promotion or creation of environmental schemes and improvements considered appropriate by the Trustees which promote the enhancement of the character and quality of the Area of Benefit; and

• the advancement of any of the above purposes by the giving of grants or the provision of funding to persons, undertaking projects, initiatives and/or activities which are wholly charitable within the meaning of Section 505 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 as amended and section 7 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 or any statutory amendment or re-enactment thereof.

I want to make an application?

Request an application form, from Joy Hitchcock, Estates Office, Newmains Farm, Douglas, ML110RH Tel:01555 851536

Fill out the application and attach all the appropriate documentation

Return to the above address by the appropriate deadline.

The Trustees will inform you in writing, within two weeks of their next meeting date.

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The Trustees

The Mainshill Trust currently has 6 Trustees, they are:-

Mr R Mitchell - Chairperson

Dr R Flowerdew

Mr Ian Bairner

Mrs Sarah Peters

Mr Colin Ortlepp

Mr Henry Birch

In every way possible, the Trustees are aiming to keep the administration of the Trust down to a minimum. Scottish Coal and Douglas and Angus Estates are helping to make this possible. Scottish Coal has provided support and guidance regarding the setting up of the Trust and Douglas and Angus Estates have paid for room hire for meetings and provide secretarial help and assistance. In the long term, this means there will be more in the pot for the community to apply for

The initial Trustees are made up of one representative from Scottish Coal, one from Douglas and Angus Estates and up to five Trustees who are resident or have a business or commercial interest in the area defined. The initial Trustees are to serve for a period of five years after which they must retire.

If you wish to view the complete Trust guidelines, please contact the Trust Chair

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For more information on the Mainshill Trust visit our website at

www.mainshilltrust.co.uk

or write to Mr R Mitchell c/o Douglas and Angus Estates, Newmains Home Farm, Douglas ML110RH

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Below is a map showing the boundary line of the Mainshill Trust.
Click on map to view.
mainshill trust boundary map

Download an application form by clicking HERE


 
The official launch of the Mainshill Trust was held on Tuesday, December 7, at 7pm in the St Bride's Centre in Douglas, giving members of the local community the opportunity to find out more about it, meet the Trustees and pick up a leaflet and an application form.
For further information about the Mainshill Trust,
contact Sally Watts, secretary to the Trustees, by phone on 01728 621200, or email: swatts@clarkeandsimpson.co.uk