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Community groups and organisations on Arran are invited to apply for funding to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations this summer.
The funding is in recognition of the Queen becoming the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, having reigned for 70 years.
North Ayrshire Council’s information and culture team is inviting applications for money which can be used to deliver creative, heritage and cultural activities as part of the jubilee celebrations.
Grants of £250, £500, or £1,000 are available and groups have until 5pm on Monday February 28 to apply. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel and allocated by the end of March 2022.
Councillor Louise McPhater, cabinet member for participatory democracy, said: ‘We are delighted to launch the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund as this is an excellent chance for community groups and not-for-profit organisations to celebrate an historic milestone.
‘North Ayrshire has been successful in its involvement in past celebrations for events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Queen’s baton relay, World War centenary commemorations, Olympic torch relay, the Queen’s 90th birthday, Scotland’s Year of Homecoming and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.
‘Our communities will be able to choose how to participate in marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee and to celebrate community service, enhance civic pride and build capacity through participation and community leadership.
‘After the challenges of the last 18 months, the fund is also key to our recovery from the pandemic as it allows community groups, volunteers and residents to get involved, socialise and share in meaningful experiences together, while having a positive impact on the wider community.
‘So, if you’re planning a community event such an open day or community gathering or perhaps you have an idea to improve a public space or create a commemorative space for people to come together, share your ideas now and submit an application. I would encourage any community group interested to apply for funding well before the deadline. Don’t miss out on your chance to take your project or idea to the next level.’
Community groups and not-for-profit organisations from within North Ayrshire with a bank account can apply. Information on funding opportunities can be found at https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/your-community/community-funding.aspx Electronic forms must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or printed forms can be collected and handed into your local library.
Councillor Louise McPhater is encouraging people to participate in marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee. No_B06jubilee01