THE Keith Builder’s community fund has launched for 2017 with £150 on offer to one community group every month.
Last year, a number of clubs and organisations benefited from the fund, run in conjunction with the Gazette.
Among the groups to benefit were the Forres Cycling Club who received £300 to insulate their club room for winter training.
The Forres Community Woodlands Trust also received £300 towards work on a woodlands shelter behind Mannachie.
Forres Cricket Club also got £300 towards new plumbing on the pavilion at Grant Park.
Other groups to receive cash were Forres Scouts for materials to provide a water supply at a bothy along a stretch of the Dava Way.
The Birdhouse Gallery in Forres also received materials for upgrade work to the interior of their premises, used by artists and for art projects.
And later in the year, young skateboarders were provided with enough materials to enable them to build ramps for a skateboarding promotional event held at Culture day in Forres.
All the organisations were delighted with the support and went along to Keith Builder’s depot at Waterford to thank the staff and pick up their materials for the work to be carried out.
Forres Mechanics Youth development squad have kick-started the fund for 2017, and were the first group to receive a cheque for £150 to help towards purchasing kit and equipment. Spokesperson, Ann Ewing said they were grateful to KBM for the support.
"We are really grateful for all the help that we got" said spokesperson Ann Ewing.
Now a new call has gone out for 2017 for more groups to benefit from the monthly £150 in cash or in kind, given in materials donated by Keith Builders Merchants (KBM) towards projects.
Forres manager at KBM, Lee Davidson, is looking forward to helping more local groups this year.
He said: "It is great to be able to support projects in the community, so get your applications in now."
The company, which employs 11 staff, has operated on the Waterford Industrial Estate in Forres for more than 20 years, serving tradesman and the community.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with applications.