Groups in East Ayrshire are set to benefit from a share of the National Lottery's Community Fund.

The fund gives grants to organisations in the UK to help improve their communities, and this year 453 awards have been handed out across the country for a combined total of £11,824,801.

Twelve East Ayrshire groups will receive a share of more than £300,000.

Below is a list of the groups which obtained funding - and details of what the funding is to be used for:

  • Cumnock Area Musical Production Society- £132,236- This group will use the funding to develop and deliver a range of creative opportunities including musical theatre groups, one to one music lessons, a choir and performance groups. Groups are open to all but some targeting those in recovery or those with poor mental health. These opportunities will develop skills, relationships, resilience and confidence in local people of all ages. 100 plus people will benefit over each of the three year duration.
  • The Nest Wellbeing Group- £121,145- This group will use the funding to deliver a health and wellbeing programme and a learning and development programme in the Barrhill Community Education Centre for the benefit of people in Cumnock and the surrounding towns.
  • Quest for Wellbeing- £5,000- This group will use the funding to run holiday clubs for children in the Cumnock area throughout the year.
  • Muirkirk Gala Day Committee- £2,500- This group will use the funding to stage the annual village gala day.
  • Holistic Health Ayrshire CIC- £4,250- This group will use the funding to deliver workshops to groups of people, particularly those in recovery or who have been bereaved.
  • Little Art Stars Charity- £5,422- This group will deliver drawing workshops to vulnerable children in two East Ayrshire primary schools.
  • The Maidsafe Foundation- £4,689- This group will deliver 120 STEM learning workshops to community groups around East Ayrshire.
  • Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club- £3,245- This group will use the funding to update their radio learning and operating equipment for their weekly club meeting and to take to their public outreach events.
  • Kilmarnock Town Centre Partnership- £10,000- This group will use the funding for a Community Engagement Officer who will create community activities and facilitate the public having a voice in the future of the town centre.
  • Onthank Men's Club- £5,620- The group will use the funding to improve the wellbeing of older men in Onthank by providing opportunities to meet and socialise.
  • Rascals Out of School Care- £1,500- This group will use the funding to support their school holiday play schemes in Stewarton throughout the year.
  • Stewarton Annick Youth and Community Association- £10,000- This group will use the funding to cover the fast rising energy costs of the operating the village hall, 7 days a week, for public use.