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Despite the coaling operation having ceased for the time being at the Mainshill coal site, the Trust is still open for grant applications. Funds are limited as the majority of reserves have been allocated to specific projects as detailed below, however the Trustees are happy to consider applications for smaller projects and look forward to receiving any applications for deserving ideas that will benefit the community of Douglas and surrounding areas

Recent Awards

The Trustees are pleased to detail below some of the awards made to the local Community over the last 2 years: For a complete pdf list click here)

The Village of Douglas Christmas Lights £20000

Glespin Village Hall were awarded £799 to purchase a floor polisher

Douglas Ecoheat has been awarded £5779.19 to enable completion of the boiler house project benefiting the Community Centre and Bowling Club

The Douglas Fun Raisers Group - has been awarded £5760.00 for the staging of their 'Strickly Come Dancing' Event in April 2012 - all funds raised from this event will be awarded to the Douglas Heritage Museum Trust.

The Douglas Heritage Museum Trust - has been awarded £11,017.44 which will pay for the installation of secondary glazing in this important listed property.

The St Brides Community Centre has been awarded £28,793.22 for the purchasing of gym and exercise equipment for the new gym suite in the St Brides rooms.

The Douglas Water Golf Club has been awarded £25,500 to assist in the purchasing of new mowing equipment for the fairways.

The Douglas Valley Church has been awarded £11,284.40 to purchase audio & visual equipment to assist members of the congregation who have sight or hearing difficulties.

The Douglas Valley Bowling Club has been awarded £6141.60 to purchase a new mowing machine for the bowling green.

The Douglas Folk Festival has been awarded £3000.00 which has been used to provide assistance in putting on the Folk Festival held in Douglas in September 2011.

The Douglas Scouts were awarded £650.00 to contribute to their Netherlands experience earlier in the year.

The Douglas Primary School has been awarded £5000 to create a pathway network on the land down to the river.

The Douglas Horticultural Society have been awarded £472.50 for some jute matting that can be laid on the floor of the Douglas Primary School hall during the annual event.

The Blackwood Court have been awarded £3000.00 to enable the purchase of 10 new armchairs for the residents and

The Douglas Dale Players have been awarded £800.00 for the purchase of 40 foldable chairs that can be used both at the local primary school and within the St Brides Community Centre. (Feb '11)

The St Brides Community Centre have been awarded £5,835.84 for the purchase of a wooden modular staging set - this will be used principally in the community centre but may also be useful at other venues that may require a stage. (Feb'11)

Funds have also been promised elsewhere and will be advised once the applicants have secured their match funding.

About 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 channeled 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.

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 in June 2010 and the Trust (known as the “Mainshill Trust”) was established.

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;-

Full details are on the Application Form (click the words 'Download Application Form' below to download a pdf form):

Download Application Form

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 fundrasing efforts.

When can you apply?

The Trustees aim to meet to consider applications 3 times a year. The table below lists the applications annual deadlines with meetings planned shortly after these deadlines.

Application Deadlines
31st January
31st May
31st October

Things to remember

Trust Purposes

The Trust shall operate for the advancement of the following purposes for the public benefit within the community of Douglas, all as more particularly shown in the area delineated in red on the plan attached (the “Area of Benefit”)

I want to make an application?

The Trustees

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

Mr R Mitchell - Chairperson
Dr R Flowerdew
Mr I Bairner
Mrs S Peters
Mr C Ortlepp
Mr H Birch

Mainshill Trust

A Charity Registered in Scotland

Scottish Charity Number SC042399