Ap­pli­ca­tions open now for lat­est fund­ing round

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Lo­cal groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions are be­ing in­vited to ap­ply for fund­ing of up to £1200 as part of the lat­est round of ‘par­tic­pa­tory bud­get­ing’ in the area.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open now for grants of up to £1200 for groups in the area that would like to de­velop ac­tiv­i­ties that ad­dress is­sues such as so­cial iso­la­tion, de­pri­va­tion, com­mu­nity trans­port, young peo­ple or the en­vi­ron­ment.

The projects should ad­dress lo­cal in­equal­i­ties, ben­e­fit as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble from across the com­mu­nity, meet a need that is not cur­rently be­ing met and take place be­fore the end of March next year.

If a project matches the cri­te­ria spec­i­fied for the area, ap­pli­cants will be in­vited to present it at a com­mu­nity event where res­i­dents will be able to vote for the projects they would like to see funded.

A sim­i­lar event was held in Rat­tray last Novem­ber which saw six ser­vices that will sup­port adults with health and so­cial care needs cho­sen by lo­cal peo­ple liv­ing in the area to re­ceive a fund­ing boost to­talling £16,000.

Among the ap­pli­ca­tions that gained fund­ing then were the Friend­ship Café, Hope Park House’s Hope Hori­zons project, Strath­more Com­ple­men­tary Ther­a­pies, Com­mu­nity Sing (Fo­cus on De­men­tia), the com­mu­nity gar­den at the Com­mu­nity Con­nect build­ing in Rat­tray and the Ericht Al­lot­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Eastern Perthshire De­cides project is or­gan­ised by the Eastern Perthshire Ac­tion Partnership, one of five that have been set up in the re­gion with the aim of tack­ling in­equal­i­ties fac­ing res­i­dents in the area and help­ing ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ties work bet­ter to­gether.

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have both con­trib­uted fund­ing so that the Ac­tion Part­ner­ships can sup­port com­mu­nity projects which re­duce lo­cal in­equal­i­ties.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions for this lat­est round of fund­ing to be sub­mit­ted is Fe­bru­ary 24.

PKC com­mu­nity worker John Cor­ri­gan is avail­able to sup­port groups with the ap­pli­ca­tion process - and to sup­port any groups that ap­ply but are not suc­cess­ful.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to down­load ap­pli­ca­tion forms, see the web­site at www.pkc.gov.uk/ com­mu­ni­ty­plan­ning or con­tact John Cor­ri­gan on 01250 871351.

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