May 27, 2020

Following the success of its smaller grant programme last month, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has now opened a second funding strand, of grants of between £50,000 and £250,000.

These grants have been put in place to help organisations to start to explore recovery from COVID-19 and beyond.  This support is to help with operational costs and...

July 25, 2019

On Wednesday 24 July 2019, Creative Scotland announced a call for applications to the next round of the Touring Theatre and Dance Fund.

Applications are invited from Scotland-based dance and theatre artists, companies and organisations, independent dance and theatre producers and venues, for the making and touring of new work or the restaging of...

July 12, 2019

Social Investment Scotland (SIS), a partner of the SNP Government, is launching two new funding programmes this month with a total value of £3.3 million, designed to support all social enterprises - large and small - across Scotland.

The investment programmes - Step Up and Scale Up Challenges - have been created to reflect the varying nature and...

May 16, 2019


Applications for the CashBack for Communities programme, which reinvests criminal assets into community projects, reopened today, with more than £18 million to be allocated.

In 2017-18, £279,822 was awarded from the fund in North Ayrshire for community programmes and activities to support young people into positive destinations, diverting some...

March 14, 2019

On 12 March, Kenneth lodged the following Parliamentary motion to congratulate the Three Towns Growers on securing a significant amount of funding for their facilities. The motion can be found below:

Motion S5M-16288: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party

Date Lodged: 12/03/2019

That the Parliament congratulates Three Town...

February 13, 2019

The SNP Government is investing an additional £20 million in extra support to help general practitioners (GPs) with the cost of running their practices, making a total investment of £50 million over the next two years.

The GP Premises sustainability loan scheme, implemented by the SNP Government last year in direct response to concerns raised by...

February 7, 2019

On Wednesday 06 February, Kenneth asked Education Secretary John Swinney MSP what impact the pupil equity fund has had on attainment in North Ayrshire. He also asked what additional measures will be introduced to further strengthen the autonomy of headteachers.

Mr Swinney confirmed that since 2015/16, North Ayrshire Council has been allocated alm...

February 5, 2019

Applications open on Wednesday 06 February for the People’s Postcode Trust, the Postcode Community Trust, and the Postcode Local Trust, all three of which are funded by players of the People’s Postcode lottery.

Kenneth Gibson MSP is encouraging eligible local charities and community groups to apply for the grants before applications close on 20 F...

January 28, 2019

The SNP Government is awarding an additional £500,000 to the charity FareShare to step up redistribution of surplus food for people struggling to afford to eat.

The funding, which doubles investment in FareShare over the next two years, will help the charity mitigate the impact of sustained austerity cuts imposed by the UK Tory Government. T...

January 24, 2019

A new benefit providing help for people on low-incomes to meet the costs of a funeral is on course to be delivered by the SNP Government through Social Security Scotland by summer 2019.

Funeral Expense Assistance (FEA) will replace the current Funeral Payment in Scotland and improvements mean around 40% more people will be eligible to apply. FEA...

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