Homegrown grants scheme has more cash to give away in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

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A homegrown grants scheme which did not start because of the pandemic but has stabilised good causes throughout has more cash to hand out – and the recipients will be chosen yet again by you.

Last year, Cumbernauld Community Anchor Network – or Cumbernauld CAN – arranged for two separate rounds of funding for groups and is now going for the triple.

Applications for the third rollout are now being received online with a closing date of noon on Monday, May 31, and the successful applicants will be chosen by ballot in June after they have been processed by a panel at Cornerstone House.

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Grant applications can vary from £50 to £500 and the final results will be announced in July.

Although the scheme is based in Cumbernauld, it has funded projects in Kilsyth and the Chryston and Muirhead areas at a crucial point where community organisations have been unable to hold fundraising events.

So far, a total of total of £33,882 has been distributed to 36 community groups in an ongoing bid to strengthen the wider Cumbernauld area and its people with amenities and projects in easy reach.

A spokesperson said: “An array of impactful activities are currently in the process of being delivered following awarding of funds to 27 organisations through the second round of grants in February.

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“This includes the installation of a life-saving defibrillator for full-time use in the communities of Mollinsburn, Muirhead, Chryston and Mount Ellen, the purchase of clothing for primary school aged children affected by poverty, the provision of socially-distanced drive-through cinema nights to engage and entertain young people and the furnishing of four refuge accommodation houses for Cumbernauld women and children affected by domestic abuse.”

Those wishing to submit a proposal must download and complete Small Grants PB Fund Round Three application form and email this to [email protected]

Once the deadline for applications is reached, Cumbernauld residents themselves will then be invited to be part of a so-called Participatory Budgeting process to decide on which proposals are awarded funding.

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