Carrick Futures open again

Carrick futures is open for grantmaking

Carrick Futures, which receives funds from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms, is open again for grant-making and keen to support a diverse range of community activity, particularly in the south Carrick area. 

With a focus on the communities of Ballantrae, Colmonell & Lendalfoot, Barr, Barrhill, Pinmore & Pinwherry and Girvan & District, funds will support projects that make these communities even better places to live, work and visit. Some funds are also available for projects benefiting the wider Carrick area. 

Carrick Futures has been closed for new applications since the autumn so Directors could review its grant-making approach. 

The Fund has three different grant levels. Small grants of up to £500 will continue to be administered by each of the primary community councils. Standard grants of £500 - £35,000 and large grants of over £35,000 will be administered through the secretariat, Foundation Scotland. Larger grants will now be subject to a two stage process. Directors will meet four times in 2015 to make decisions on awards. 

Roger Pirrie, Carrick Futures Chair said: “It has been important for Directors to take stock of how we have been working up until now. This has involved talking with members of Carrick Futures and consulting with other stakeholders to review our application, assessment and reporting procedures. It is now time to open for business again and ensure that eligible groups are aware of the funding that Carrick Futures can provide. We are looking for strong projects that support regeneration and sustainability, especially when they also involve helping communities own or develop assets. We also recognise that much of the activity Carrick Futures is committed to supporting is done by volunteer-led groups and organisations and we are keen to support these groups to become stronger and even more effective.”

Cara Gillespie, Foundation Scotland’s lead for work with communities and partners in south Scotland commented, “We know there are groups ready with projects that have been waiting patiently for the new guidance and application material so the first closing date for applications is 23 February 2015. In the coming months Carrick Futures will have local ‘drop in’ sessions so groups can discuss their project ideas face to face. We would also encourage groups to utilise Ailsa Horizons and Voluntary Action South Ayrshire, who exist to help and guide voluntary organisations that continue to provide such critical services and facilities for communities.”