CLS Celebrating Funding Success

Despite the background of cuts affecting public and community projects, 2012-13 was our most successful year to date in facilitating funding for client projects. We secured a total of £2.9m in funding across 28 different projects, the largest single amount in any one financial year over the last 11 years – a fantastic return on client investment of less than £400,000 in match funding.

Whitecrook Community Garden

Whitecrook Community Garden: CLS helped secured over £200,000 funding for this successful community garden project in Whitecrrok, Clydebank

This period saw the introduction of the Scottish Government’s new People and Communities Fund which enabled grant funding for several employability and preventative action focused projects in West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Inverclyde. The EU LEADER programme continued to be a significant source of grant support for rural community and economic regeneration projects and in Argyll and Bute enabled us to secure funds for the Employability Team and new projects such as Taynuilt Sports Pavilion.

During hard times more people are buying lottery tickets in the hope of better fortune which has sustained funding available to streams such as Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery and sportscotland and these sources have also contributed to our clients projects, including significant community environment projects for the neighbourhoods of Faifley in West Dunbartonshire and Woodhall in Inverclyde both of which will not only improve public space but also deliver structured events and activities for people in these disadvantaged communities.

During 2012-13 CLS also assisted clients secure project development funding from sources such as the Big Lottery’s Investing in Ideas and Awards for All programmes as well as the LEADER programme in rural areas. These funds have been used to carry out feasibility studies and business planning in a variety of areas including Barmulloch, Cadder, Cairndow, Kerrera, Taynuilt, Auchinairn, Kirkintilloch, Alexandria, Mull, Dalmuir, and Ayr on a diverse range of project ideas including community growing spaces, community nursery and after school facilities, play parks, youth training facilities, a community pier, outdoor learning for children and conservation of a heritage listed conservatory. This has enabled CLS to work with groups, bring in architects and engineers where needed to develop detailed proposals to take forward with the intention to secure further grant support for projects in the year ahead.

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