Community-led wellness initiatives on Arran and Cumbrae have been awarded £135,198 SNP Government funding to support them to live healthier lifestyles.
The Arran Pioneer Project CIC was allocated £14,508 to build infrastructure on community gardens around Arran.
Cumbrae Primary School will receive £20,000 for their Cumbrae Plant to Plate Growing Hub.
Millport Town Hall was awarded £100,690 for their project Paving the Way to a Healthy Cumbrae.
The SNP Government’s Healthy Islands Fund will help to deliver these initiatives as part of the wider £30 million Islands Programme.
The fund is managed by Inspiring Scotland. Projects must focus on building local capacity to increase well-being, foster connections and promote healthy and resilient islanders and communities - helping them to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“Congratulations to the Arran Pioneer Project, Cumbrae Primary School and Millport Town Hall for securing these significant amounts of funding.
“It’s great to see our islands have so many initiatives promoting participation and physical activity, as outlined in the SNP Government’s National Islands Plan.
“They will make a huge contribution to people’s physical and mental wellbeing and resilience, and I am delighted that their funding applications were successful.
“We know that local community groups are best placed to provide these services on Arran and Cumbrae and I look forward to seeing the finished projects during my island visits.”
Inspiring Scotland CEO Celia Tennant said:
“Inspiring Scotland is delighted to be the delivery partner for the Scottish Government’s Healthy Islands Fund which supports the aims and outcomes of the National Islands Plan and builds on the work of the Scottish Government’s Island Communities Fund.
“The 56 successful Healthy Island Fund Projects delivered on 35 islands will support our island communities to engage in healthy lifestyle choices and in turn support their physical and mental wellbeing.”
More information on the Health Islands Fund can be found here.