New fund to help struggling community groups

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A new fund has launched to help relieve some of the financial pressures facing the third and voluntary sector in North Ayrshire.

The community renewal and recovery fund has come to fruition thanks to £100,000 set aside from the North Ayrshire Ventures Trust Board.

This is in recognition of the challenges the crucial sector is facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions.

The fund’s purpose is to support community organisations to meet expenditure requirements over a short, six-month period while more sustainable funding solutions are explored.

Groups need to provide evidence that they have insufficient funds available to meet anticipated expenditure over the next six months and that they have renewal plans in place as well as pursuing other funding options.

Applications can be made for up to £20,000. The fund opened on Monday March 8 and the deadline for applications is Friday April 30 . The application form is available at:

Awards will be decided upon by a panel, with members drawn from a wide variety of community groups covering a range of locations, themes and demographics.

Councillor Louise McPhater, chairwoman of the North Ayrshire Ventures Trust, said: ‘I would urge any organisation that meets the criteria and needs access to funds in order to survive the next six months to get an application in as soon as possible – we are here to help you get through this tough time.’