Trust fund wants to hear from groups

A charitable Trust for South Ayrshire is set to give away £760,000 to help people in the area who are disadvantaged.

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust is set to improve the lives of people living in the South Ayrshire area who are in need as a result of poverty, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages.

The Trust would like to hear from groups or individuals who could benefit from a substantial pot of funding totalling £760,000.

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust is made up of 16 former trusts which operated throughout South Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire Council has brought all of these trusts together into one organisation but the geographic rules still apply which means the £760,000 fund is split as follows: Ayr - £563,500; Barr - £500; Girvan - £50,000; Coylton - £7,000; Maybole - £3,395; Prestwick & Monkton - £126,000; Troon - £9,500.

There is maximum award of £10,000 for applications to the Ayr, Prestwick & Monkton fund. A limit of £5,000 is in place for applications from Girvan.

Funding is available to groups, organisations and individuals provided they can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the trustees that it will be used to help people in need.

Claire Monaghan, Head of Communities at South Ayrshire Council said: “This is a major opportunity to make a big difference to lots of people in our communities. The original trusts were set up to help people and I am sure the founders would approve of this new approach as we have pooled resources to assist as many people as possible. This is only the first round of funding and we will keep going until all of the £760,000 has been used for good causes.”