Island groups can apply for vital cost-of-living funding from North Ayrshire Council

Island groups can apply for vital cost-of-living funding from North Ayrshire Council

Funding applications are open for island charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations who are working to help ease the cost-of-living crisis for people on Arran and Cumbrae.

Third sector groups are invited to apply for the Scottish Government’s Islands Emergency Cost Crisis Fund, which was set up to support island communities facing challenging financial times.

There is an opportunity – until November 10 – for groups on both islands to apply for a share of the £30,000 pot, with amounts ranging from £50 to £5000 available. Applications for over £1000 should be seen as inspirational to be considered.

Island communities have been particularly hard hit as they navigate the cost-of-living crisis, due to island-specific issues including the affordability of ferry travel; the cost of getting supplies onto the islands; difficulties accessing benefits advice and increasing fuel prices.

North Ayrshire Council’s top priorities include tackling child poverty and supporting residents through the cost-of-living crisis.

It is hoped that this additional funding will assist the island communities who have been disproportionately affected by cost-of-living challenges.

Working closely with partner organisations, a lot of good work is being done to support residents during these difficult times and this money recognises the increased costs being faced by island communities compared with those living on the mainland.

Grant applicants must offer activities or events that meet one or more of the following four criteria:

  • supporting access to food with dignity;
  • Reuse and Recycle: assisting communities to live in a more sustainable and economic way;
  • helping to tackle travel or transport-related issues so communities or individuals can access services/resources that help ease the effects of the cost-of-living crisis; or
  • target residents’ immediate needs and offer help to those who are struggling due to the cost of living.

The fund for North Ayrshire - Arran and Cumbrae only - will be distributed by Arran Community and Voluntary Service (CVS), which is a charity that unites community and voluntary organisations, offering a single point of access for support, training and funding information.

More information and the application form can be found on the Arran CVS website.

Councillor Alan Hill, cabinet member for communities and islands, said: “These grants offer crucial support to island charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups on Arran and Cumbrae. And now is the time for people to come forward and find out more so they can get applications in before the deadline of November 10.

“A lot of important work is being done in the island communities to support those who are most in need, and this funding will be a great help in breaking down certain barriers and tackling challenges that are specific to the islands.”

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