Last call for community fund votes

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With just four days left to vote before the Calor Rural Community Fund closes, a Lochgilphead project is relying on supporters now more than ever.

The Dochas Centre at Lochgilphead hopes it will win £5,000 funding from the scheme to help it build an urgently needed extension. The centre in Campbell Street opened in 2006 to meet the needs of unpaid carers across Mid-Argyll, Kintyre and the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha.

Its carers are aged five to 95 and a new extension would help give space for privacy and confidentiality as well as create extra office accommodation.

The Calor Gas fund helps rural communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales gain funding for projects at the heart of their community. This year there have been applications from 325 different projects from across the UK.

And with 21 prize-pots of £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000 up for grabs, the fund will make a big difference to winning projects.

To cast your votes, go to Voting closes at midnight on June 17.

The projects with the most votes from each funding category will become finalists and be reviewed by a panel of independent judges including Business in the Community, mental health charity Mind and Rural England, to decide which entries are to be awarded the funding.