Last chance to apply for funding

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Groups and individuals on Arran have only days left to apply for Participatory Budgeting funding with the closing date for applications rapidly approaching on Monday February 25 at 5pm.

Applicants are invited to bid for up to £1,000 for their project which must include one or more of the following: reducing social isolation, improving community well-being and moving around the island – such as cycling or walking – and improvements to accessibility for outdoor activities.

An additional £5,000 is available from North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership for bids of up to £1,000. Bids should help improve nature-based activities on the island.

Applicants that are accepted will be shortlisted and invited to ‘decision day’ at Arran High School on Saturday March 23 – between 10.30am and 1pm – where they will make a bid for funding in a ‘marketplace’ format.

Local residents are invited to the event to decide which projects to fund. They will vote for the projects that they believe will most benefit their community and support their local priorities. Voting is open to anyone aged eight and over who lives, works or volunteers on the island.

Applications can be obtained by emailing participatorybudgeting@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or they can be collected from Brodick library.