Fort William and Ardnamurchan play provision funding application extended

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A play provision funding round incorporating additional place-based funds – with £35,658 available – has extended the closing date to the end of this month.

Communities in Fort William and Ardnamurchan are being encouraged to apply for grants up to a maximum of £7,000 for play provision improvements or facilities.

The additional funding which has been made available for the whole of Lochaber play provision is vital to the well-being of local communities. A place based approach to improving the play provision across Fort William and Ardnamurchan will also add to this sense of well-being, according to the local authority.

Partnership working, community involvement and utilising local knowledge to identify possibilities to reflect the needs and wants of young people living in Lochaber will allow for the best outcomes.

The Highland Council can support local communities by signposting them to additional funding opportunities and advising them on suitable equipment choices, site layout and inclusive provisions. The council where required can also monitor equipment installations.

Play areas do not always have to include equipment such as swings and slides, they can be designed using the existing natural surroundings and introduce additional landscape features such as mounds, crawling tunnels and boulders or they can be hard standing area with painted graphics for playing the likes of hopscotch, snakes and ladders.

The application form is the same one used for the Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fund and can be found on the Highland Council website.

Anyone requiring further advice or guidance on the grant application process can contact Dot Ferguson, Senior Ward Manager for Ross, Skye and Lochaber at dot.ferguson@highland.gov.uk.