Kintyre trusts benefit from Creative Communities funding

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Two Kintyre trusts are among almost 30 initiatives from across Scotland being supported by venture philanthropy organisation Inspiring Scotland’s £900,000 Creative Communities Programme.

The programme will support 27 charities working with communities where social or geographical circumstances make engaging with culture more challenging, including the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT) and Templar Arts and Leisure Centre Trust (TALC) in Tarbert.

IGHT’s funding will be used for ‘storytelling, photography and theatre to look at how the island’s history has shaped the land and the lives of its people,’ while TALC’s will help ‘create a multimedia showcase reel of young people’s art and animation, to be screened externally for view by the whole community’.

A further 10 community organisations will be supported to progress ideas to the point where they can be more fully funded over the course of a second year.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: ‘We recognise just how vital culture is to the future prosperity of communities across Scotland, particularly in light of the challenges posed by Covid-19.

‘Our vision for culture in Scotland is that the transformative potential of culture is experienced by everyone.

‘The Creative Communities Programme will help to realise that vision. It is focused on community-led initiatives and on creating more opportunities within communities where getting involved in culture is not always as accessible as it should be.’

Celia Tennant, Inspiring Scotland chief executive, added: ‘Creative Communities celebrates the power of culture to connect, inspire and transform people’s lives.  Through this programme we look forward to helping more people and communities across the country explore and develop their own sense of culture.

‘The overwhelming demand for this programme demonstrated not just the desire for this type of investment, but the need to now, more than ever, help communities come together safely, connect and boost their wellbeing, by getting involved in local cultural activity.’