The Mary Salmond Trust has given over £100,000 of grants to youth and community organisations across Aberdeenshire over the last eight years.
The trust was established by local MSP & MP and former First Minister, Alex Salmond in the name of his late mother to assist community and youth causes in the North East of Scotland.
The trusts annual report, which is due to be published next week, shows that since 2007 the trust has given £108,868.60 to 272 groups and organisations.
2015 saw 44 awards being made by the trust, the second highest number since the trust was formed. This included an award of £500 for Turriff Baden Powell Centre to help meet the costs of sports equipment.
Trust Chairman Roddy McColl said
We have been delighted to be in a position to award so many grants in 2015. The high quality of applications always makes it a difficult task to support as many worthy causes as possible. However, this last year with Alex Salmond able increase his annual contribution to over £38,000 we have been able to substantially step up the number of awards.
The Mary Salmond Trust was formed by Mr Salmond when he first served as a member in both Holyrood and Westminster parliaments. He made a pledge at the time that he would only personally benefit from one parliamentary income. Last year Mr Salmond donated £38,476.73 to the trust. This amounts to more than half of his net income from being an MSP & MP.
More information about the Mary Salmond Trust and how to apply for grants, can be found on the trust’s website http://www.marysalmondtrust.com