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Caledonian MacBrayne urges groups in the Ullapool area of Wester Ross to apply for grants from the CalMac Community Fund


By Philip Murray

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Ullapool Swim Club has been a previous recipient of money through the fund.
Ullapool Swim Club has been a previous recipient of money through the fund.

GROUPS in the Ullapool area are being urged to apply for money in the latest round of grants through the CalMac Community Fund.

From October 1, the fund is seeking applications from non-profit organisations which make a difference to communities by tackling social isolation, poor mental health, loneliness and/or poverty.

Groups operating across the CalMac network can apply for an award from the fund – with grants ranging from £500 to £2000.

Last year the fund helped to support no fewer than 76 groups dotted in communities all across the west coast, benefitting the lives of children and young people.

Projects included access to swimming, Highland dancing, sailing and video skills.

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, including Lewis, Harris and Ullapool, as well as Skye, Raasay, the Small Isles and Mallaig

Your organisation can apply if:

  • You are not for profit and registered to an island or port served by CalMac
  • You have a governing document or constitution
  • You have an independent bank account
  • You have two or more unrelated board members
  • You have an open membership
  • You have two signatories
  • You will spend and report on an award within 12 months

Applications can be made online from October 1 by visiting the CalMac Community Fund website at www.calmac.co.uk/community-fund .

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