Rothesay Pavilion grant bids handed in

Rothesay Pavilion is the subject of a planned renovation programme which, if all grant applications are successful, will result in more than �7 million being spent on returning the building to as close to its original condition as possible.
Rothesay Pavilion is the subject of a planned renovation programme which, if all grant applications are successful, will result in more than �7 million being spent on returning the building to as close to its original condition as possible.

Two bids, worth a total of £1.5 million, for public funding to help restore Rothesay Pavilion have been submitted to separate grant funds administered by the Scottish Government.

The team behind the Pavilion project is hoping the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund will approve an application for £900,000 and that the Coastal Communities Fund will give the green light to a bid of £600,000.

The Buteman reported earlier this summer that approval had been given to take the bids forward from the initial applications to detailed bids at what is known as ‘stage two’ of the awards process.

Nick Merriman, who chairs the new Rothesay Pavilion Charitable Trust which will run the refurbished building, said: “The major push now is to gather all of the information needed to submit a bid for around £3 million to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will be the biggest single contribution.

“The bid has to be in by October 10, and we hear the outcome in January 2015.

“All of these bids are ‘Stage 2’, meaning we have passed the crucial hurdle of a Stage 1 pass. Although Stage 2 is competitive and there is no guarantee of success, we have a very good chance as the project meets many of the funders’ priorities.”

* More from Nick Merriman’s latest Pavilion update in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 25.