£29,000 was available to local groups who voted on their favourites
32 community groups and organisations are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. Around 160 people turned out to take part in the Maybole and North Carrick decision day event, which is part of a new way of encouraging people to get actively involved in local decision making known as 'Participatory Budgeting'.
A fund of up to £29,000 was available at the event, with community groups pitching to an audience of local people about their proposal and how it will benefit community groups from Crosshill, Dunure, Fisherton, Kirkoswald, Maidens, Maybole, Minishant, Kirkmichael, Straiton, and Turnberry.
Among the projects to benefit: Helping Carrick Round Tale take Santa to children across North Carrick with a brand new sleigh, an enhanced community-run shop in Kirkmichael, improved public park facilities in Crosshill, helping Carrick Academy Rugby make the grade with new equipment, competition clocks and a drive for more members for Carrick Chess Club, plus a range of activities for older people at Crosne Street Sheltered Housing in Maybole.
Anyone over the age of eight could vote. After all the pitches were heard, the audience voted to fully fund 31 of the groups up to £1,000. Two further groups were offered a partial grant of £144, with the Scottish Home Front Living History Society donating their share to Barnarndo's South Ayrshire Families CAPSM service.
The money is being made available from South Ayrshire Council, the Scottish Government, North Carrick Community Benefit Company, and Big Lottery Fund - Scotland.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said, "South Ayrshire's very first decision day took place in Maybole back in May and it's encouraging to see people continue to support the approach by turning out in such large numbers.
"By giving people the power to prioritise the projects that they want to see developed in their local community the new participatory budget approach is already helping to make a real difference to peoples' lives.
"I'd like to thank everyone involved in helping to organise the event, and would like to wish every group that took part the greatest of success with their projects."
A full list of the projects can be found here.