Almost £500,000 of Scottish government funding has been given to community improvement projects in Fife.
Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund grants were given to Fife Housing Associations Alliance, a partnership between Fife’s four Housing Associations – Kingdom, Fife, Ore Valley and Glen.
Better Opportunities; Better Fife, led by Kingdom Housing Association’s Fife Works Project, was awarded £100,000 to increase access to work experience, employment and training opportunities for 180 unemployed people.
Fife Rural Skills Employability Project, delivered by Ore Valley Housing Association, got £130,000 for the provision of workplace training in subjects such as horticulture, landscaping and tree planting.
Living Well on a Budget, led by Greener Kirkcaldy and the housing associations, received £180,000 to tackle poverty and mitigate the impact of welfare reform in Fife, helping households on low incomes with household budgeting
It will be delivered through Citizens Advice and Rights Fife.
The Food Works! Kirkcaldy Volunteering and Employability Project got £60,000. It focuses on horticulture and food preparation as a way to engage ‘hard to reach’ participants.
Bill Banks, chief executive of Kingdom Housing Association, said: “We are very grateful for the support for these innovative projects, which will potentially benefit many of our tenants and others in the communities where we operate.”