Aimed at communities across Branchton, Bow Farm, Fancy Farm, Grieve Road
Submissions for funding cover a wide variety of health and wellbeing initiatives, ranging from arts and
People can read about each applicant and vote online for their chosen project until Friday 22 March at www.oaktreeha.org.uk/ourfuture. Forms for postal voting can be downloaded from the site and copies are also available from individual projects.
Oak Tree Housing Association is also hosting an Our Community Our Future Fun Day at Inverclyde Academy on Saturday 23 March,
“As part of the Our Community Our Future process, we’ve given applicants help to develop and promote their exciting ideas and gather support over the past few weeks, ahead of the online vote opening,” said Nick Jardine, Chief Executive Officer, Oak Tree Housing Association.
“People will also be able to meet applicants and vote in person at our fun day in Inverclyde Academy next month. Collective online and ballot box votes will determine successful candidates and how the £35,000 will be allocated at the end of March. Grants must be spent by the end of March 2020.
“It’s been great to see such energy and enthusiasm amongst the people living and working in this area of Greenock. We are delighted to be able to give the community the opportunity to get directly involved in the decision-making process, choose what’s most important to them and help these fantastic ideas come alive.”
Commenting on the Scottish Government Community Choices Fund, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP, said: "The Community Choices Fund puts decisions about how we invest in communities into the hands of the people who live and work in them. This way of directly involving people is going from strength to strength, establishing itself firmly in Scotland.
"Tackling poverty and community empowerment are two key priorities for this Government. We know that communities are best placed to address the inequalities in their own areas and therefore know what improvements can be made.”