NORTH Ayrshire Council have awarded £45,000 to the Beith Development Trust from their Community Investment Fund.

The project will help see the investments made by the fund almost reach the half a million pounds milestone.

The £3million Community Investment Fund was created by North Ayrshire’s Labour administration who had identified available funding from surplus funds associated with the Trindlemoss development at the old Red Cross House site in Irvine.

The £3million fund has been devolved to North Ayrshire’s six locality partnerships to identify projects that address the localities identified priorities. Beith Development Trust will use the £45,000 funding to support their ‘Geilsland Hall Volunteering and Employability Project’.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Beith Development Trust do fantastic work and we are delighted to support them.

“This project will help develop a new volunteer base in and around Beith, benefitting the community but also providing new opportunities for local people to get involved.”

Council Leader Joe Cullinane added: “There remains £2.5million available in the fund to support more innovative community led projects.”