ALMOST 30 community groups in Cumnock will each pitch for a share of a £10,000 windfall.

It has been provided as part of the Participatory Budgeting scheme which enables local projects to present their ideas to secure awards between £50 and £750.

Called Cumnock Cares — You Decide, the event will be held in the town hall on Sunday, March 5.

Four conditions must be met by those intending to vote for a project, with public registration taking place between 12.30pm and 1pm.

Only Cumnock residents, members of a group in the town and those of P7 age and above are entitled to vote.

Following registration, they must remain for all the group presentations which will be from 1pm and 2.30pm.

Voting will be between 2.30pm and 3pm, followed by a count, during which entertainment will be provided for those present.

Yip World will be providing entertainment for younger children, pupils from Greenmill and Barshare primaries as well as The Cumnock and Auchinleck Brass band.

A spokesman for the Cumnock Action Plan team, who have organised Sunday’s event confirmed that there were 35 applications received totalling £22.489.

He added: “Those groups that were not successful at the first selection, or after the voting on March 5, will be given support on how to apply for funding from other sources.

“A necessary part of Participatory Budgeting is that there must be competition for the available funds.

“The 27 groups, that will be giving presentations, have applied for a total of £18.000. As only £10,000 is available, some of the groups will be unsuccessful.

“Please come to the Town Hall on Sunday and vote for the projects you think should get funds from the £10,000.”

A partnership with East Ayrshire’s Vibrant Communities group and the residents of Cumnock have made the event possible.

Support has also been received from the council and Scottish Government.