Council’s £600,000 community fund open for new applications

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Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) opened to new applications on Monday 13 May 2019. Community groups can apply for between £3,000 and £50,000 for projects which improve equality in their area.

Information on how to apply can be found on the CIF page of the PKC website.

£50,000 is allocated to each Council ward. A panel of Council and community representatives in each ward will consider their local applications and made recommendations for support.

The first round of funding proved a huge success, with around 150 applications received, including proposals for improved support for people with disabilities, mental health and wellbeing initiatives, and projects for children and young people.

Among the successful applicants for the first round of the CIF was Support Help and Integration in Perthshire – SHIP, which is providing young people aged five to 18 with ASN, physical and sensory disabilities with weekly youth clubs, Saturday and school holiday activities in Kinross.  These groups are providing opportunities for young people to be included in the community, thus reducing social isolation for children and their families and improving Health and wellbeing. The groups are supported by young volunteers, giving them the chance to help others whilst working towards their Duke of Edinburgh and Saltire awards.

Nicola Schelbert from the group said: “The opportunity that the CIF has given community groups and organisations around Perth and Kinross is a fantastic one. For us, the funding enables us to deliver a youth club through the week, Saturday and holiday activities which improves families’ social isolation, giving them a sense of belonging in their local community. We would encourage any groups with an idea for making a difference in their area to find out more and apply for CIF support.”

Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust (BRDT) have received CIF funding to support the delivery of ‘Made in Blair’, a three-day summer arts event for young people hosted by local film-maker Patrick Rooney. Made in Blair will be both an existing new opportunity to showcase local young people’s creative talents and a family friendly event for all ages and interests across the Blairgowrie and Rattray area.

Stuart Nichol, Chair of  the Trust commented: ” For us, the support of the CIF will make possible this exciting landmark local event; the first of its kind to focus solely on promoting and showcasing young talent. This is a welcome opportunity to start building a network of young artists and performers, and to forge intergenerational links with the established local arts community.”

Caputh Village Hall will also benefit from CIF support. Sandie Morrison from the Caputh Village Hall group said: “The funding has enabled us to complete the first phase of our refurbishment. Caputh Hall, which provides a valuable facility for residents in Caputh and the surrounding area,  will soon be open for community use and we are looking forward to enjoying community events there. We would also encourage any groups looking to improve community life to find out more and apply to the CIF.”

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