Mauchline Matters to 18 local groups who have been awarded funding for their community projects.
Funding of £10,000 was made available in an exciting new pilot initiative which revolutionises funding opportunities, putting communities at the heart of the process.
Participatory Budgeting (PB) provides funding to groups or individuals who are based within the pilot community of Mauchline or provide a service that directly benefits the local residents.
A local steering group, made up of members of the Mauchline Community Action Plan Group worked with Vibrant Communities to take a lead locally.
21 projects applied for funding and were invited to present their ideas in three minute slots at a public event held in Mauchline Community Centre. The gathered audience then voted on who should receive funding.
The following groups were successful:
Beechgrove Park Regeneration
£750 to produce detailed drawings of their plans for the park
Mauchline Bowling Club
£750 – towards the renovation of the original Club House and purchase a multi-function lawn mower
Mauchline Community Association Summer Club
£725 – for a weekly Play Day during the school holidays for primary school children
Off Peak Badminton Club
£220 – to purchase thermos pump action coffee butler and 24 mugs
Alleringersleben v Mauchline
£750 – to 35 German visitors will be staying in Mauchline in September. The funding will support this project
Mauchline Local Directory
£220 – for delivery of the directory to households in Mauchline and rural addresses
£600 – to provide “Outlast” outdoor loose wooden play equipment which is easily cleaned, water proof, non-toxic and durable in order to improve childe engagement in outdoor play
Mauchline Parish & Community Heritage Project
£750 – to attract local people and visitors to points of historical interest in the church and grounds
Young Farmers Variety Concert
£500 – to support Mauchline Young Farmers annual variety concert at The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
Carols by Candlelight
£109.90 – to purchase battery tea lights for the Community Carol by Candlelight Event
After School Activities
£750 – to provide a variety of after school activities for children
Mauchline Curling Club
£195 – to attract new members into Mauchline Curling Club by providing “come & try”/coaching sessions
Mauchline Community Growing Garden
£750 – to increase the height of the perimeter fence and install a CCTV system at the proposed Mauchline Community Growing Garden in the grounds of the Scout Hall at the Loan
Building the Ambitions in Early Years
£750 to develop and nurture children to read books
Mauchline Ballochmyle Angling Club
£750 – a facelift for the club building
£624.47 – for a music and movement class to develop interaction between children and parent / carers
Refurbishment of Scout Hall
£750 – for the internal refurbishment of the hall
The remaining funding of £55.63 was offered to a group who provide art classes locally. The funding will enable a local artist to provide community art classes.
Councillor Eoghann MacColl, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “Vibrant Communities are running this pilot after receiving £10,000 from the Scottish Government for Participatory Budgeting, which was match-funded by East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
“The level of interest from the local community was fantastic and the process made it really straightforward for groups and individuals to apply for funding. The voting process was also transparent. By bringing decision making to the heart of the community the audience was in control. They decided who should receive funding and decisions were taken very quickly.
“I wish to congratulate all of the groups who received funding. All the projects are very worthwhile. The remaining three groups, who applied for funding, will now be supported by Vibrant Communities to develop their ideas and seek alternative funding sources.
“The next event will take place in the second pilot community of Newmilns and Darvel. Valley Ventures will take place on Saturday 25 June in Darvel town hall. Registration will start at 11.30am and presentations start at 12.15pm. This is your opportunity to have your say on who should receive funding to benefit your community.”
For further information please contact Margaret MacBain on 01563 578104.