A pioneering scheme that offers support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged has been launched by harbour bosses in Perth.
The Perth Harbour Community Fund will welcome applications from non-profit organisations registered within the Perth City boundary.
The fund will support community-led services which are delivering projects tackling a wide range of issues. These include poverty, stigma and shame, social inclusion, health and wellbeing and organisations that help people become self-dependent and resilient.
Cameron MacPhail, Head of Ports and Harbours for port operators David MacBrayne Limited (DML) said: “Perth Harbour’s prosperity has been hugely pleasing and we find ourselves with an opportunity to do something positive for the city.
“The Perth Harbour Community Fund was created to make a difference to those most in need in our community. It is also a fantastic way for us to connect with our community. We have worked closely with PKAVS Third Sector Interface for Perth & Kinross to design a programme that meets the needs of the area.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a huge strain on people's lives and there has been a lot of great community work going on to help those affected. We would love to hear more about these projects and would encourage those eligible to apply for an award.”
Eligible organisations can apply online to the Perth Harbour Community Fund from 3 - 31 May 2021. For more information on the awards and how to apply, please visit www.perthharbour.co.uk
Perth Harbour has been operated by DML since it was appointed by Perth and Kinross Council in 2018. Since taking over management, the number of ships using the Harbour has risen from 12 in 2017 to 24 in 2020. This figure is expected to increase to 30 by 2022/23.
DML is one of the largest logistics companies in Scotland. A multi-award-winning ferry operator, harbour and ship management specialist, and is one of Scotland’s biggest headquartered firms employing around 1500 people.
DML, through its main subsidiary companies CalMac Ferries Limited and Solent Gateway Limited, transports more than five million passengers annually and operates 28 UK ports.