Funding available for Merkinch projects - reminder to get applications in

Community groups in the Merkinch area of Inverness are being reminded that they have until next Friday (23 February) to submit projects and be in with a chance of receiving a share of £20,000 to allow them to turn their ideas into reality.

Participatory budgeting, which is coming to the Merkinch Community Council area,  is a process that lets the local community decide for themselves which community projects are needed in their area and involves locals in ensuring public money is well spent.

The Inverness Central Ward Councillors have set aside £10,000 of grant funding from the Ward Discretionary Budget and a further £10,000 has been added by the Scottish Government - bringing the total amount available to £20,000. 

The fund is open to any local community, voluntary or non-profit organisations based in the Community Council Area.  Projects can be large or small, add value to existing projects or be something completely new. 

Grants from £200 to £2,500 can be applied for. Anyone wishing to apply must return their completed application before 5pm on Friday 23 February 2018. 

Application forms can be obtained by dropping into see Anne at the Work Club at Merkinch Partnership (Tel 01463 718 989); Andy Jessiman, Youth Development Officer, at the Jannies Hoose Merkinch (Tel 07500 784125); and Joanna at the Clay Studio on Grant Street. 

If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event to be held on Saturday 24 March 2018 at the Merkinch Community Centre.

16 Feb 2018
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