Argyll and Isles charity shortlisted for ScottishPower Foundation Awards

CHARTS Garden Project

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An Argyll charity has been shortlisted for this year’s ScottishPower Foundation Awards, which showcase projects that make a positive impact on people and communities across the country.

The Culture, Heritage and Arts Assembly, Argyll and Isles (CHARTS) is one of 14 UK charities competing for a share of £30,000 as part of this year’s awards.

CHARTS has been shortlisted for its contribution to the Eco Cluster Garden project, which has established a creative network around a community garden based at The Rockfield Centre, in Oban. The project will explore Oban’s heritage in an entirely new way, re-establishing elements and activities of the past into modern day life.

The Eco Cluster Garden is also engaged in CHARTS’ Heritage Horizons project – funded by the ScottishPower Foundation – where it is developing an invaluable youth placement opportunity to research horticultural dye-making within local heritage context.

The ScottishPower Foundation Awards 2021 are open to recipients of this year’s ScottishPower Foundation funding, with almost £1.2 million awarded to a wide range of outstanding charities. The annual awards – now in their eighth year – are an opportunity for funded charities to apply for additional funding, with each category winner receiving £5,000 and the runners up awarded £2,500.

Nominated projects are judged in four categories: the Innovation Award, the Education Award, the Community Engagement Award, and the Charity Champion Award – which gives special recognition to the outstanding contribution made by an exceptional employee or volunteer who exemplifies what their organisation stands for.

CHARTS is shortlisted in the Innovation category.

Kathleen O’Neill, interim development manager at CHARTS, said: ‘We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Innovation Award for our Eco Creatives Garden Project. This project explores and celebrates heritage meaning in such an innovative way and will help impact CHARTS’ membership learning in heritage interpretation, community participation and network development.

‘The ScottishPower Foundation funding has massively increased the capacity of the CHARTS network to develop heritage-based and other culturally collaborative practice. We look forward to seeing the tangible project outcomes.’

Melanie Hill, executive officer and trustee of the ScottishPower Foundation said: ‘CHARTS and all this year’s shortlisted projects are a great example of the difference the ScottishPower Foundation’s funding can make and the tremendous efforts and lengths our supported charities go to in order to make a positive impact in the lives of their beneficiaries. Despite all the challenges of the past 18 months, they have continued to support, educate and inspire people and communities across the country and go above and beyond to help others and make a difference.

‘The commitment, resilience and creativity of these fantastic charities is exactly what the ScottishPower Foundation Awards are all about and it’s a privilege to be able provide additional funding to help them keep up their invaluable work. I can’t wait to see the winners and runners-up revealed on Awards Day.’

CHARTS will find out if it’s been successful on Friday September 3.

Details of all the charities shortlisted for the ScottishPower Foundation Awards 2021 are available at www.scottishpowerfoundation.com