Community groups urged to apply for local funding

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Groups on Arran, and from across North Ayrshire, are being invited to bid for funding that will help their organisations grow and prosper.

North Ayrshire Council and the Health and Social Care Partnership have provided £160,000 funding as part of their ongoing community empowerment ambition to give local people a direct say in how money is spent.

The funds are for applications related to two strands of Participatory Budgeting (PB) funding: Localities and Arts and Culture.

Local groups and organisations can now apply for their chance to access funding for community projects across Arran, the Garnock Valley, Irvine, Kilwinning, Three Towns, and North Coast localities.

The applications will be shortlisted by locality steering groups and a public vote will be held in early 2022 where communities can decide the projects that they would like to see funded.

NAC’s PB process has proved hugely successful since first being rolled out in 2016, with its aim to help community projects and organisations to make a positive difference in their community.

During the last round in March this year, 126 projects benefitted after being shortlisted by local steering groups and in the current Youth Participatory Budgeting scheme set to close for voting on Tuesday, 160 groups have applied for funding where young people aged between eight and 25 will decide on where the money will be best spent.

Councillor Louise McPhater, cabinet member for communities, said: ‘Participatory Budgeting is community empowerment and local democracy at its finest with local people having their say about where public money should be invested.

‘Lots of groups are already celebrating and gaining some much-needed funds.

‘Local people know the needs of their communities better than anyone else.

‘They have been at the heart of designing the PB process via the Locality Planning Partnerships.

‘We are continually finding ways of empowering our communities and giving citizens a say in the council’s decision-making process and PB is one of the most inspiring examples of this.

‘We welcome applications from community groups and will deal with each application individually and on its own merits. Good luck!’

Applications close at midnight on January 22, 2022.

People can find out more and apply for each strand on the following:

Localities (Up to £1200 funding per project):
Arts and Culture (Up to £400 funding per project):