£60k in grants will be awarded to help prevent drugs deaths
Projects and community organisations which could help to aid recovery from substance addiction and prevent drug-related deaths across North Ayrshire are being offered the chance to bid for grants between £8k and £10k as part of a new scheme organised by North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, with communities having the final say on who will receive the funding.
‘The Substance of Our Communities’ is the latest in a series of participatory budgeting events, allowing members of the public to decide which of the bids they think most deserve the funding.
A decision day event is planned for Saturday, April 18 at Ardrossan Civic Hall, where anyone who lives, work or volunteers in North Ayrshire can go along, hear all about the projects then vote for their favourites.
Online voting will also be available, with details to be announced soon.
A series of drop-in sessions will be held at the following locations, where you can pick up an application form and receive further information and guidance on how to apply for funding:
· Tuesday, January 28: Fullarton Connexions, Church Street, Irvine (5pm to 6.30pm)
· Wednesday, January 29: Turning Point Scotland, Glebe Street, Stevenston (1pm to 3pm)
· Friday, February 7: The Living Room, Gallowgate Street, Largs (1pm to 3pm)
· Monday, February 10: Kilwinning Sports Club, Pennyburn Road, Kilwinning (1pm to 3pm)
· Monday, February 17: Volunteer Rooms, Irvine (1pm to 3pm)
· Friday, February 21: Bridgend Community Centre, Bridgend, Kilbirnie (5pm to 7pm)
Application forms are available by email from ADP@north-ayrshire.gov.uk, or visit www.northayrshire.community and click on ‘Get Involved’ to find out if your project meets the application criteria and to apply online.
The deadline for applications is at midnight on Sunday, March 22.
A total of £60k will be awarded as part of the event.