Some new funds are open

Events Industry Support Fund
•Reminder: Applications are currently open until Monday 14 September 2020 at 12 noon.

Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund
•£15 million fund to support organisations that provide opportunities for cultural engagement and who have been unable to trade due to the impact of Covid-19.
•Includes both organisations who provide opportunities for audience engagement (such as galleries, performing arts spaces, commercial theatres, comedy clubs and nightclubs) as well as those that enable and deliver cultural activity (such as production facilities, music and dance companies).
•Further guidance is expected to be published and included within the update Thursday 10 September
•The fund will open for applications on Thursday 17 September and awards will be made by the first week in November.

Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund
•£5 million fund to address the current financial hardship being felt by creative freelancers who normally work in the culture sector, but whose work has been impacted by Covid-19.
•It is anticipated that this fund will open for applications early October.

Sustaining Creative Practice Fund
•£5 million fund which supports artists to continue developing new creative work that will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s recovery from Covid-19.
•This includes £1.5 million for the Culture Collective programme, mentioned in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, supporting organisations employing freelance artists to work in and with communities across Scotland.
•The remaining £3.5m will be added to Creative Scotland’s existing open fund which is open for applications from individuals now.

Youth Arts Fund
•£3 million fund to ensure creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
•The fund will include targeted and open funding to youth music and wider youth arts organisations, a scheme to devolve grants locally to artists who work with young people and small grants delivered directly to young people to support them fulfil their creative ambitions.
•Awaiting further details from Creative Scotland.

We are currently working on establishing priority issues to focus on. Among them are

  • Local Development Planning,

  • the planning application by Stuart Milne Homes at Burnfoot Road,

  • the refurbishment of the McKillop Institute,

  • the Parish Church closure,

  • local transport,

  • the climate emergency. 

    We're also going to make sure that Lochwinnoch makes good and fair use of any community funds that are available and will be finding out what the village needs in this regard.

The new Community Noticeboard outside the McKillop will display Community Council information, which will also be available in posters displayed around the village, on this website and our Facebook page. 

Community Council news is now back to being incorporated into the monthly Chatterbox.

CC meetings will continue to be on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 in the Bowling Club. Members of the public are welcome to request items to be added to the agenda for discussion. Contact us by email:  

The Community Council works for the benefit of the village. Meetings are open to the public and all are very welcome to attend - come along and have your say, and hear what others are saying. 

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