Cash found to create Gaelic language post in Falkirk

Falkirk Gaelic Forum are delighted with the grant
Falkirk Gaelic Forum are delighted with the grant

A hastily-written application has seen a local group win a grant that could bring long-term benefits.

Falkirk Gaelic Forum received £12,000 from Bord na Gaidhlig to employ a Gaelic Development Officer to promote the language and culture locally.

Now, after Falkirk Council agreed to chip in, the successful candidate will be offered a £20,000 salary.

Diane Macintyre, the forum secretary, said: “I asked Bord na Gaidhlig if they offered funding for this kind of thing and I was told the applications were closing that afternoon.

“After putting together the fastest application in history, we were successful.

“Since the forum was founded in 2008, members have had lots of ideas about what we can do to raise awareness and interest in the area.

“But we are all volunteers who have full-time jobs and families, but now we will have someone who can co-ordinate all these things.”

The Forum and the council are now busy putting together the development officer’s remit, but hope to have someone in post by October.

The forum is keen to develop Gaelic education and hopes to bring a mini Celtic Connections-style event to the town.