The results of North Ayrshire’s Young People’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative have been announced - with almost 100 groups receiving funds.

A total of £56,000 was awarded to youth groups throughout the area with each group being able to receive a maximum of £1,000.

Among the winners were the Garnock Campus Primary Sports Council, Showtime Youth Theatre in Irvine, Kilwinning Community Events, St Matthew's Academy PE Department in Saltcoats, and Orca krafts in Arran.

Councillor Alan Hill, Cabinet Member for Islands and Communities, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people engaged and actively involved in activities that are making a real difference.

“It’s so important that our communities are involved when it comes to deciding how money is spent. They know their communities and groups better than anyone else.

“Youth PB funding has made a massive difference to many local projects over the last four years, and we’re delighted that even more will benefit this year.

“A huge thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations to all the winners.”

Each project or group focuses on health and wellbeing, poverty and inequality, voice and participation, or the climate challenge the world is facing.

Voting was open to young people aged eight to 25 for three weeks and closed on Thursday December 1.

12,393 votes were cast between the 4,131 young voters who turned out.

Young people in Arran were not required to vote as the small number of applications in the area meant each group who applied to the initiative could receive funding.