Don’t delay as the CalMac fund closes

Time is running out for groups which are helping the most vulnerable members of their communities to apply for a grant from the latest round of the Calmac Community Fund.

By John A. MacInnes
Monday, 23rd November 2020, 11:15 am
Feis Barraigh received a grant of £2,000 last year from the CalMac fund.
Feis Barraigh received a grant of £2,000 last year from the CalMac fund.

November 30 is the final day for applications to be received and the Fund organisers would love to hear from non-profit groups who have been tackling social isolation, poor mental health, loneliness and/or poverty issues.

Groups operating across the CalMac network can apply for a cash grant award from the fund from between £500 to the maximum limit of £2,000.

In 2019, the CalMac Community Fund supported a total of 76 groups up and down the west coast, benefiting the lives of children and young people. Projects included access to swimming, Highland dancing, sailing and video skills.

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Gordon McKillop, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for CalMac, said: “The CalMac Community Fund was created to make a difference to those most in need across our West Coast communities. It is also a fantastic way for us to connect with our communities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic placed a huge strain on people’s lives and there has been a lot of great community work going on to help those affected. We would love to hear more about these projects and would encourage those eligible to apply for an award.

“The Community Fund was really well received when it was originally launched and we were able to help 76 groups. I am looking forward to hearing more about the great work that is taking place to help those in need.”

Awards will split across six regional areas: Lewis, Harris and Ullapool; Uist and Barra; Skye, Raasay, the Small Isles and Mallaig; Oban and the Inner Hebrides; Southern Hebrides and the Firth of Clyde.

Your organisation can apply as long as you meet a number of criteria set out by CalMac, which are fully detailed online.

Applications can be made online by visiting the website: www.calmac.co.uk/community-fund