COMMUNITY projects in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are invited to apply for a funding boost to make a difference in their area.

The Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Awards are now open for applications.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations can enter under one of three categories – projects which help people have a healthy relationship with money; projects which help people improve their local environment; and projects which help people into employment.

Five winners will be selected in each category, with all 15 being awarded £5,000 each.

The closing date for applications is Monday March 19, with the winners being announced in the summer.

For more information, visit or pop into a Clydesdale Bank branch to receive an application form.