Still time to apply for ‘A Helping Hand for Hilton’

Due to the interest in a new approach to distributing grant funding (called participatory budgeting) groups now have until 17 February to apply for a grant to fund new projects in the Hilton area of Inverness.

Anyone with an idea that will improve the Hilton area and needs £100 to £700 to put their idea into action can find that “A Helping Hand for Hilton” is the opportunity for them to get the funding they need. Groups in Hilton have been urged to come forward with ideas and projects for a community fund. 

In total £7,000 is available for grants up to £700. Any local community, voluntary or non-profit group can apply; projects can be large or small and the only criteria is that projects should aim to improve the local area. 

The extended deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 17 February 2017.

Angus Dick, who is a member of the Hilton Participatory Budgeting Organising group and Chairman of the Management Committee for Hilton Community Centre said:

“Whether you want to start a new club, organise a local project, have an idea for a healthy living project, or organise an activity day for young people – all applications are welcome as long as the project supports local people in the Hilton area. Groups just need to complete a simple two-page application.

“Eligible groups will then be invited to present their idea at a community event on 11 March 10am – 1pm. Residents of the Hilton Ward are invited to come along to the event to hear about the projects and vote for the projects they think should be funded.”

Participatory budgeting is about community members influencing decisions to meet local priorities more effectively. There is a lot of community activity in the Hilton area so I am excited to see what groups come and what the community decide to fund.”

Application forms can be downloaded from The Highland Council Website at: http://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/17011/helping_hand_for_hilton_application_form or collected from the Hilton Community centre. 

2 Feb 2017
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