The first event in the second round of Participatory Budget events has now taken place with 32 community groups and organisations 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.
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.
A full list of the projects can be found here.
The next event takes place in Girvan and South Carrick on 18 February 2017.