Community projects in Kyle will get an extra boost thanks to participatory budgeting.

Participatory budgeting lets the local community decide for themselves which community projects are needed in their area and involves locals in ensuring public money is well spent.

Local Councillors have set aside £4,000 of grant funding from the Ward Discretionary Budget and a further £6,000 has been added by the Scottish Government - bringing the total pot to £10,000.

The fund is open to any local community, voluntary or non-profit organisations based in the Kyle Community Council Area. Projects can be large or small, add value to existing projects or be something completely new. Only one bid is permitted per organisation.

Grants can be applied for from £200 to £2000 and you must submit your application before 5pm on Friday 16th February 2018. If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event to be held on Saturday 17th March 2018 at the Kyle Village Hall from 10am.

At the event you will be required to present your idea to the community. The event is open to all, and individuals who would like to help decide are invited to come along and vote for their favourite projects. Those in attendance vote on all the applications and decisions are made on the day.

The four Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Ward Councillors - Biz Campbell, Ian Cockburn, Derek MacLeod and Kate Stephen – are encouraging local groups to apply. They say: “We know that within the Kyle area there are local groups and clubs with lots of creative ideas for community projects so this is a great chance for folk to apply for funding that could help make their ideas a reality. The final vote on who is successful will be down to local residents but it would be great to see as many applications submitted by the deadline of Friday 16 February.”

Application forms can be obtained by dropping into the Lighthouse Centre, Station Road, Kyle on any Wednesday from 10am - 2pm. Or contact Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations (SLCVO) – Tel: 01479873445 / email: info@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - who will also be able to provide information and assistance with the application process.

Applications can also be accessed online from the Highland Council Website.