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About the CalMac Community Fund

Projects tackling social issues arising from COVID-19 in west coast communities have been awarded funding from the CalMac Community Fund.

Groups and charities working to help people experiencing mental health issues, social isolation, loneliness and or poverty have successfully applied to the Community Fund for awards between £500 and £2,000.

Half of the latest round of awards made will address social isolation, a third of awards will address mental health and the remaining awards will address social isolation, poverty, or a social issue relative to the respective community. 

Recent research has forecasted that for every pound spent by CalMac, communities across the network benefit from a social return of £5.14. Previously, the CalMac Community Fund supported 76 different projects that benefited the lives of children and young people living in west coast communities. It is expected to deliver £676,391 of value over three years. 

Subsequently, CalMac became the first Scottish company to be awarded a Level 2 Social Value Quality Mark for initiatives such as the CalMac Community Fund. 

Gordon McKillop, CalMac's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said: "The CalMac Community Fund is much more than corporate giving. The Community Fund was created to make a difference for our communities and customers, and we are beginning to see its impact and value.  

"The last year has been turbulent for so many and the third sector has responded magnificently across our network. There are still many challenges to come as we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic."

Our Community Fund is currently closed for applications and will re-open in summer 2021. Follow us on social media for announcements.

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