CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
...thanks to Inverclyde Community Fund grants
Local grant making trust, Inverclyde Community Fund, has awarded funds to Inverclyde Family Contact Centre and Hillend SC Art Club, to support their local community projects.
Inverclyde Family Contact Centre offers a safe, friendly and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and sometimes other family members. The group has been awarded £450 towards equipping and fitting out its new premises with a variety of safety features. The child-centred environment is a safe space which meets the diverse needs of children affected by family breakdown.
"This Inverclyde Community Fund grant has helped us incorporate stairgates in a number of areas throughout the new Jamaica Street facility, not just to keep younger children safe from the stairs but also to provide a little bit of privacy without cutting the family off from the big play area," said Margaret Foggie, Chairperson of the Inverclyde Family Contact Centre. "We are delighted to have received this welcome boost."
Hillend SC Art Club offers valuable artistic opportunities to a wide range of local residents, including isolated people, retirees and people with a disability. It has been awarded £500 to support the group's activities, as well as the costs of bringing in an experienced art tutor.
"We are thrilled with our Inverclyde Community Fund grant, which is helping us buy art materials, still life props and printed leaflets to promote the club and variety of lessons we offer for artists of all levels including beginners," said Elizabeth Sloan, Treasurer at Hillend SC Art Club. "It is also assisting with the cost of a tutor, helping to develop their skills."
The Club, which meet at Crawfordsburn Community Centre and is currently looking to grow its membership, exhibits the work of members regularly, most recently at its popular biennial show in the Beacon Arts Centre.
The Inverclyde Community Fund accepts funding applications from the wide variety of smaller voluntary organisations, community groups and charities, which help improve the lives of many people within their local communities.
Commenting on the latest grants, ICF Trustee, Eleanor Robertson said: "We are delighted to support the work of Inverclyde Family Contact Centre and Hillend SC Art Club, and wish them well in their continuing endeavours. These are two great examples of the projects supported by the Inverclyde Community Fund – vital activities that bring people and their communities together.
"As we are keen to ensure grants benefit organisations that often find it more challenging to apply for funding, ICF is targeted at small, volunteer-led projects and activities, where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference. The application process is easy, with submissions turned around quickly - offering a more practical timescale for people planning their projects in advance."
Details on how to apply for financial support from the Inverclyde Community Fund are available on our What We Do pages on this website at: www.cvsinverclyde.org.uk/what-we-do/inverclyde-community-fund
More information about Inverclyde Community Fund – Scottish Charity No: SC042844
While seeking new applications for funding, Inverclyde Community Fund is also asking people to donate to the fund. Donations can be made securely online at www.inverclydelife.com on the Help Out - Donate to Local Causes page, or by participating in InverLotto, the UK's first community lottery, which sees 50p in every £1 ticket going directly to the Fund, while giving people the chance to win up to £25,000 in the weekly draw
For the Inverclyde Community Fund to claim Gift Aid, online donations can be also be made directly via the Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/inverclydecommunityfund/
While groups do not need to be charities to apply to Inverclyde Community Fund, they must
• have a positive community purpose,
• be run by an unpaid committee
• not be set up to distribute profits to shareholders
• not be run by or affiliated to a political party or government body.