Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley SNP MSP Adam Ingram is urging all the villages in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley area to enter the Village SOS competition.
The Village SOS Competition aims to support voluntary organisations to start community businesses to reinvigorate village communities.
The scheme will help groups with business ideas to support enterprises and activities which tackle specific problems faced by villages and their residents.Grants of £10,000 to £30,000 are available.
Mr Ingram said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local villages to see their aspirations for the area come to fruition.
“I know many of the local Community Councils and community projects have some great ideas for their local areas and I would urge them to put forward their applications as soon as possible and before the October 6 deadline.”
Under the rules of the competition all applicants must: Have an idea for a community enterprise, be based in a rural area with a population of less than 3,000, be registered on the Village SOS website and consult their local communities before putting forward a proposal.