What is The Blacklands Community Kitty?

We are a group of Blacklands Community Members who have come together to help hold our own Participatory Budgeting event. Corra Foundation has donated £5000 and is supporting us to do this. All eligible applications will be subject to a public vote, giving the people of the Blacklands the choice of which projects receive money in their community.

What Kind of Projects Can I Apply For Funding For?

The money must be used to benefit the people of the Blacklands and take place within the Blacklands area under at least one of the following themes:

  • Wellbeing: improving the quality of life of people living / visiting the Blacklands

  • Strengthening Communities: increasing ability and skills of the Blacklands community

  • Increase confidence and resilience of people living / visiting the Blacklands area

  • Reduce inequality and disadvantage

All successful applications must show evidence of the difference they made, this can be photographs, short videos or in written format.

How Much Can I Apply For?

You can apply for up to £1000. Only 1 application per individual / organisation or group can be submitted and it must be for a new idea or new project.

Who Can Apply for Funding?

Anyone with an idea for a project that will benefit the people of the Blacklands. This can be individuals, community groups, schools or community centres. If in doubt please get in touch. The only thing we ask is that it must be a not-for-profit project and that you only apply for the amount of funds that it takes to run your project.

Where Can I Run My Project?

Boundary Area for Funding

The Blacklands is an area within Kilwinning in North Ayrshire, Scotland.

On our Blacklands Community Kitty map you can see the boundary of where projects must take place.

How Did You Decide the Boundary Lines?

The area was drawn up by Blacklands Community Kitty volunteers.

It was felt that areas nearer the town centre are considered by many as part of the Blacklands and many went to Blacklands Primary School as this area is within the catchment area for the school.

Do I Have To Live or be based in The Blacklands to Apply?

No. You don't have to live or work in this area but projects must take place within the boundary area. It can be in the local community centre, clubs, parks, anywhere that your project will benefit local people.

How Will Projects Be Chosen

Once applications have been received, all the projects will be displayed on this website. The local community will then be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite projects. With up to £5000 available, the most popular projects by the community will receive funding until the funds are taken up.


Updated dates for 2021:

  • Applications Open - Now

  • Applications Close- 24 July

  • Voting Online Opens- 1 August

  • Voting in Person - 15 August

  • Voting Closes - 15 August

  • Announcement of Results - Late August

How Will I Receive The Money for My Project?

Money will be paid by bank transfer therefore an appropriate bank account is required. Projects must take place before February 2022 of receiving money for projects.