£100,000 community cash pot could tee up local groups nicely

Community groups in Carnoustie will get the chance to decide how to spend a £100,000 legacy fund from the 147th Open Championship.

The world’s oldest golf tournament came to Angus in July.

It attracted 172,000 spectators – a record for the historic course – and is estimated to have generated about £70 million for the area.

Now Angus Council and The R&A are inviting local groups and residents to a meeting next week where they can find out how to apply for a share of the £100,000 Open Legacy Fund.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, of the R&A, said: “We are pleased to be working with Angus Council to identify local projects that can benefit from the proceeds of staging The Open.

“We look forward to welcoming groups to the event.”

The Open winner Francesco Molinari celebrates his birdie on the 18th

Arliss Rhind, chairman of Carnoustie Community Council, said: “We want to ensure that everyone in the town is given their chance to pitch their suggestions for what the money could be spent on.

“It’s too early to give any specific details but it is important that everyone gets an opportunity to put forward their ideas.”

Laura Tierney, of Food is Free Carnoustie, said: “Our group grows food which is provided free of charge to people in the town.

“Extra funding would be very welcome to help us and we will definitely be finding out if we can apply.”

Wendy Murray, of East Haven Together, said: “We are currently working on a sustainability project at East Haven centred around coastal erosion caused by high visitor numbers.

“We’re not sure if we qualify for funding but East Haven is still part of the local community and we will be attending the meeting to get all the relevant information.”

Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd said: “It is fantastic that this money is coming to Carnoustie.

“Anyone who has any suggestions is very welcome to come to the meeting.”

The meeting will be held at Carnoustie High School on Tuesday at 6pm.