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About the CalMac Community Fund

The CalMac Community Fund exists to benefit the lives of people living in our communities by supporting non-profit groups achieve their goals. 

Since its launch in 2019 the CalMac Community Fund has now supported 258 groups during challenging circumstances deliver:  

  • Health and Wellbeing outcomes including changes to people's physical health, psychological and emotional well-being. 

  • Social and Community outcomes including improved social engagement and cohesion, reduction of isolation and increased cultural awareness. Greater access to local community and social activities, development of new friendships. 

  • Education and Skills outcomes including improved teamwork and communication and new technical, recreational and life skills.  

  • Employment and Volunteering outcomes including changes to employment opportunities and the generation of 1,734 volunteering hours. 

  • Environmental outcomes including raising awareness of local environmental issues and challenges and promoting sustainable living. 

Projects supported by the Fund have benefitted over 11,000 people living in the Clyde and Hebridean network. 

The most recent cycle of the Fund, delivered in partnership with Foundation Scotland, aimed to help people connect with services and each other, and especially helping those who are most in need. The Fund supported groups and projects working to tackle the following key themes:  

  • Reducing social isolation 

  • Improving health and wellbeing 

  • Addressing issues related to poverty, especially in relation to the cost-of-living crisis. 

  • Local and community transport. 

We aimed to make a minimum of 40 awards split across six regional areas including: Lewis, Harris and Ullapool; Uist and Barra; Skye, Raasay, the Small Isles and Mallaig; Oban and the Inner Hebrides; Firth of Clyde and the Southern Hebrides. Due to unprecedented demand we made 63 awards.  

Organisations applied for an award between £500 and £2,000.   

You can read about the projects we have supported below.  

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