Local grant making trust, the Inverclyde Community Fund (ICF), has awarded funds to the Inverclyde Anti Knife Group (IAKG) to cover the costs of a new marketing roller banner, which will be used by the group to raise its profile at future events.
The ICF awards grants of up to £500 to help small voluntary organisations, community groups and charities get their great ideas off the ground, to improve the lives of people and their local communities in Inverclyde. The IAKG has been granted £154 to purchase the banner in time for its next event, Build a Cairn and Barbecue, on Sunday 31 May from 6pm to 9.30pm at the Beacon Bistro. The event, which will bring together those affected by knife crime and help to further raise the group's profile, will invite people to write their loved one's name on a stone to be placed within the cairn.
As the ICF continues to call for funding applications from the wide variety of organisations that make up the third sector locally, Fund Trustee, Eleanor Robertson said: "We are delighted to support the work of the Inverclyde Anti Knife Group with this grant. We wish them well in continuing their great endeavours to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of knife crime within our local community.
"It is the perfect example of the projects supported by the ICF – activities that bring people and their communities together. We are keen to ensure grants benefit the organisations that often find it more challenging to apply for funding, so the ICF is targeted at small, volunteer-led projects and activities, which can make a big difference on a relatively small amount of money. The application process is easy, with submissions turned around within just four to six weeks, which is a more practical timescale to help people plan their project in advance."
Commenting on receiving the grant, Margaret Telfer of the IAKG said: "As we strive to change attitudes on knife crime and violence and restore values that will help us build safer communities, this support from the Inverclyde Community Fund is invaluable to us. The banner will help us promote our work and our cause, further raising our profile at the many events we attend throughout Scotland each year, including local initiatives such as our Build a Cairn and Barbecue at the end of this month in the Beacon."
While seeking new applications for funding, the ICF is also asking people to help boost the fund. Donations can be made online at www.inverclydelife.com or by participating in InverLotto, the UK's first community lottery, which sees 50p in every £1 ticket going directly to the ICF, while giving people the chance to win up to £25,000 in the weekly draw. Details of InverLotto are available at http://www.inverlotto.com.
For a tax efficient way of giving, which allows the ICF to claim Gift Aid, online donations can be made via the Just Giving pages at: https://www.justgiving.com/inverclydecommunityfund/.