MORE than 40 community projects have shared a £150,000 windfall from a new fund targeted specifically at Renfrewshire’s young people.

St Mirren Youth Football Club was successful in receiving the maximum cash boost of £3,000 from the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund to create a changing facility at the India Tyres park.

Stephen Mann, club treasurer, said: “This funding will allow our nine boys’ and five girls’ teams to be playing out of there hopefully from 2020.

“It’s really going to boost our club and make sure that more young people are going to be playing in the near future.”

The winning projects were announced at a celebration at the Tannahill Centre, in Paisley, after 3,500 young people cast more than 10,000 votes for their favourite projects.

Erskine Music and Media, which is run by young people and provides services such as music tuition, was another successful bidder.

Catherine Coyle, of Erskine Music and Media, said: “This funding will help us to create a new music library consisting of vinyl and CDs, as well as opening up lots of opportunities to go on trips and play gigs.”

Previously known as the Youth Challenge Fund, youngsters from across Renfrewshire came together to form a steering group to oversee the distribution of grants from the renamed ‘Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund: By Young People, For Young People.’

The funding, provided by Renfrewshire Council, has been split by population between the seven Local Partnership areas.

A number of local groups, including Active Communities, which has bases in Johnstone and Paisley, were invited along to the event at the Tannahill Centre to promote their services.

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