Funding makes an impact in Ayrshire
13 September 2021
An Ayrshire arts project has been given a £1,000 boost by one of the country’s leading housebuilders.
Impact Arts Projects, based in Glasgow, is a charity that works to tackle inequalities in Scotland through a range of creative engagement opportunities.
The project, set up in 1994, applied to Persimmon Homes West Scotland to help to fund a youth-facing project for Scotland’s young people in the most deprived communities with a view to help them to access employment opportunities.
The charity was selected in the final month of the housebuilder’s Building Futures campaign for 2021, which ran from June until August and will donate more than £1m to good causes this year.
Sam Eccles, deputy director of development at Impact Arts Projects, said: “We are really excited to receive this support from Persimmon Homes. Our aim is to encourage young people to be creative at the same time as they gain confidence and earn qualifications. Our creative pathways programmes are a fun and engaging way for young people to increase their employability skills and work on some fun creative activities.
“Mainstream education is not for everyone, and we do what we can to tackle these inequalities through our creative projects.”
Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport. A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.
Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in November. In each sector – education & arts, health and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.
Chris Logan, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to help Impact Arts Projects and the truly inclusive work it is doing with young people across Scotland. The pandemic has had a huge impact on mental health across the board, not least amongst young people who are looking for employment opportunities. It is important that charities like this are supported in the good work they are doing.”
The initiative is now closed to new applicants, but Persimmon Homes is also running its Community Champions initiative that donates up to £1,000 to two groups each month. To find out more about Building Futures and Community Champions visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/charity