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01/09/2020

Latest round of CalMac Community Fund is launched

 

The west coast's most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are set to benefit from the latest round of the CalMac Community Fund.

From October 1st, the Fund is seeking applications from non-profit organisations which make a difference to local communities by tackling social isolation, poor mental health, loneliness and/or poverty.

Groups operating across the CalMac network can apply for an award from the fund from between £500 and £2,000.

In 2019, the CalMac Community Fund supported 76 groups across the west coast, benefiting the lives of children and young people. Projects included access to swimming, Highland dancing, sailing and video skills.

Gordon McKillop, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for CalMac, said: "The CalMac Community Fund was created to make a difference to those most in need across our West Coast communities. It is also a fantastic way for us to connect with our communities.

"The COVID-19 pandemic placed a huge strain on people's lives and there has been a lot of great community work going on to help those affected. We would love to hear more about these projects and would encourage those eligible to apply for an award.

"The Community Fund was really well received when it was originally launched and we were able to help 76 groups. I am looking forward to hearing more about the great work that is taking place to help those in need."

Awards will split across six regional areas:

  • Lewis, Harris and Ullapool
  • Uist and Barra
  • Skye, Raasay, the Small Isles and Mallaig
  • Oban and the Inner Hebrides
  • Southern Hebrides
  • Firth of Clyde

Eligibility

Your organisation can apply if:

  • You are not for profit and registered to an island or port served by CalMac
  • You have a governing document or constitution
  • You have an independent bank account
  • You have two or more unrelated board members
  • You have an open membership
  • You have two signatories
  • You will spend and report on an award within 12 months

How to Apply Applications can be made online from October 1st by visiting CalMac Community Fund

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