£100k available to help improve Wick

6th March 2012 from John O Groat Journal

OVER £100,000 has been allocated by the Highland Council to help improve deprived areas in Wick.

The authority is inviting applications to its deprived area fund from community and third-sector organisations in Pulteneytown, Hillhead and Wick South.

The scheme aims to assist disadvantaged communities to develop and implement activities that improve the quality of life and regenerate the area.

A total of £104,000 has been allocated by the council for projects and organisations based in Wick South, Wick South Head, Wick Pulteneytown South and Wick Hillhead North.

Chairman of the council’s planning, environment and development committee Ian Ross said that the scheme aims to improve the quality of life in areas where it is needed most.

“This is another example of the council’s commitment to help build community capacity and to support people to get into work,” he said.

“We look forward to receiving applications from organisations which can make a real difference to people in our most disadvantaged areas within Highland.”

The scheme gives priority to projects that directly deliver employment for individuals who are furthest removed from the labour market and live within the targeted areas, which include parts of Alness, Fort William, Invergordon, Inverness and Seaboard (East Ross) as well as in Wick.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, April 10, and application forms can be found at www.highland.gov.uk/DAF

John O Groat Journal