Local groups to benefit from £100k fund from The Open

Community groups and projects are set to benefit from a £100,000 fund from the 147th Open at Carnoustie in July.

The Open Legacy Fund forms part of the R&A’s drive to provide lasting benefits to communities in which championships are staged.

A record 172,000 spectators visited Carnoustie to attend The Open this year, generating significant economic benefits for the region, and attracting worldwide coverage.

Carnoustie and District Independent councillor David Cheape is urging groups to attend a briefing meeting next month and apply for a slice of the cash.

Mr Cheape said: “This meeting is a vital step in getting the grant funding process under way, and it is important that organisations attend to find out exactly how decisions will be made about funding.”

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, championships executive director at 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 and we look forward to welcoming local groups and residents to the event in Carnoustie.”

The briefing session will take place at Carnoustie High School on Tuesday October 16 at 6pm.