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Community Investment Fund open for applications

Community projects across Perth and Kinross have the chance to bid for a share of £600,000 funding to tackle inequality and improve the quality of life.

The Community Investment Fund is split between all 12 council wards in Perth and Kinross.

Projects that will be eligible for a grant can include community management of a facility, developing an outdoor area for community use or new ways of tackling poverty and inequality.

Perth and Kinross Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle said: "The PK Offer is our commitment to work with communities to deliver the services they require and improve the lives of residents.

"The Community Investment Fund demonstrates this in action: whether it is the creation of a new community space or providing funding for training to help combat social isolation, the money can be used in a variety of ways to make a real difference to people's lives.

"This investment will empower communities and I am sure the money will be used to support a range of fantastic projects."

Each ward will receive £25,000 with the remaining £300,000 split between them on a per capita basis.

In previous years the average award was £6000.

Projects that have benefited from Community Investment Fund grants in the past include The Care and Wellbeing Co-operative in Highland Perthshire. It used a grant to pay for training for staff to tackle social isolation amongst elderly residents living in rural areas.

The Cargill and Burrelton Community Hub received funding to provide laptops, wi-fi and other equipment to support its work.

The Fund opened for applications on Monday 14 June and will close on 3 September.

Applications can be made online via the Community Investment Fund page on the Perth & Kinross Council website.