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An Argyll-wide culture and arts organisation with more than 400 members, including Campbeltown Picture House, Kintyre Songwriters Festival and Peninver artist Christine Russell, will receive a share of almost £1.2 million funding from the ScottishPower Foundation.
The Culture, Heritage and Arts Assembly, Argyll and Isles (CHARTS) has been awarded £65,600 for its Heritage Horizons project.
The initiative will provide opportunities for young people in rural areas with high levels of unemployment to get involved with local museums and heritage venues.
They will undertake work placements contributing to educational, archive and visitor services, leading to national accreditation.
The project aims to support young people into the industry and help address current challenges presented by an ageing workforce.
Kathleen O’Neill, development manager at CHARTS, said: ‘Funding from the ScottishPower Foundation brings a highly valued vote of confidence to our organisations and member networks, particularly against the backcloth of the pandemic and when joining resources, across Scotland’s second largest region, is ever more vital.
‘We very much look forward to project outcomes and our delivery alongside the wealth of other projects being supported during 2021.’
The CHARTS network was conceived through the desire to create a sustainable future for the culture, heritage and arts sector in Argyll.
It has been developed through Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership Programme, with additional European funding secured through the Leader programme.
CHARTS aims to: foster collaborative working across the whole sector; create events and products that are of sufficient quality and scale to be marketable at the highest level; create an environment that supports sustainability for sole traders and micro-businesses so they can afford to stay in Argyll and the Isles; and be an advocate for the needs and benefits of cultural activity.
This year’s ScottishPower Foundation-funded projects – which support art and culture, education and empowerment, citizenship and society, and biodiversity and climate change – were selected on the basis of the significant and lasting contributions they will make to society, while enhancing people’s quality of life.
Melanie Hill, executive officer and trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: ‘Once again, we were overwhelmed by the extraordinary work being delivered in our communities – day in and day out – and we’re very proud to support this year’s charities.
‘The ScottishPower Foundation is committed to supporting projects that make a hugely positive impact on people’s lives and that’s what these organisations do in abundance.
‘From improving education to promoting environmental protection and enhancing lives, the charities we’re supporting this year are doing truly transformative work.
‘We know that throughout these challenging times, people are relying on the support of charities more than ever before, and with the help of the ScottishPower Foundation, this year’s projects can go further and make a difference for more people.’
The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 to make a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK.
It provides funding to help support the advancement of education, environmental protection, arts and culture and citizenship. It also supports charities who aim to provide relief from poverty, disability, or other disadvantages.
The foundation provides funding to registered charities and non-profit organisations for the following purposes: the advancement of education; the advancement of environmental protection; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; the prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship and community development.
Almost £9.2 million has been awarded to successful charities since the foundation was established. This figure includes money given to charities at the ScottishPower Foundation’s annual awards ceremony, which recognises projects which have delivered particularly inspiring work.