New funding of up to £5,000 is on offer for educational community projects across Ayrshire.

The Ayrshire College Foundation has set up the Collaborating Communities Fund to provide grants for community projects.

This means that schools, voluntary organisations, charities, churches, community centres, sports clubs and so on, can apply for up to £5,000 for small projects which will benefit the community.

Ayrshire College staff and students may also apply, as long as they can demonstrate how the community would benefit from their project.

Tracey Stark, Chair of the Foundation said: “This fund supports Ayrshire-based projects that provide educational experiences for all age groups. It’s an incredible opportunity to apply for funding to support a wide range of groups in the community that need extra funds to be able to deliver projects and services.

“We are especially interested in projects that could benefit Ayrshire College students perhaps by providing volunteering opportunities or work placements. I have received the first application for funding from the Supported Learning department who want to create a community garden in the grounds of the Kilmarnock Campus.

“The Horticultural students will be advising them on garden design, how to establish a garden and the most appropriate plants and trees for the soil conditions. The Carpentry and Joinery students will help by constructing raised beds.

Community partners at Willowbank School and other schools in the local area will also be involved. This is a great project where the college and the community are working together to help students learn new skills, build confidence and make connections. It’s a great example of the kind of project we want to help fund.

“If anyone is interested in applying for the funding please visit our website to find out more information.”