FOUR communities in East Renfrewshire will have a chance to bid for a share of £90,000.

A total of £22,500 each has been allocated for Auchenback, Barrhead, Neilston and Thornliebank to help support community causes and non-profit organisations. 

Eligible groups can apply for a grant of £250 to £2,000 from the fund. 

Local residents will then cast their votes for their favourite projects at events where applicants' proposals will be showcased.

The process is overseen by Linking Communities, an umbrella group made up of representatives from Barrhead, Neilston and Thornliebank.

Councillor Colm Merrick, Convener for Community Services and Community Safety, said: "Participatory Budgeting events have been a great success in previous years, so I am pleased our local residents have the opportunity again this year to decide how this money will be spent across these four areas.

"The investment will make a huge impact to these communities, so I would encourage all groups with an idea - no matter how big or small - to apply for funding, as it could be your idea which will greatly benefit the local area."

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Applications, from new or existing projects, should benefit the community and address one or more of the six key community priorities that were highlighted by local residents. 

These include community safety, health and wellbeing, environment, employability, older people and children.

Special consideration will be given to applications which address inequalities. 

Applications are now open and close on Monday February 10 at 5pm. The application pack and more details can be found here

Community voting events will take place throughout March.