More than £300,000 has been awarded to 198 community projects in Anderston and Yorkhill over the last five years by the council’s area partnership committee.

The exact amount of £303,095 went to projects ranging from school playground upgrades and outdoor classrooms to arts and music programmes, community green space initiatives and local gala days events.

An update was presented to the committee earlier this week. 

Chairwoman and SNP councillor for the Anderston, City, Yorkhill ward, Eva Bolander, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to provide grant funding of over £300,000 since 2017 for local community initiatives and events, which are making a difference, especially in the shadow of the pandemic, for communities from the city centre and Townhead to Anderston and Yorkhill.

 “Whether it’s gala days, equipment for local green space groups, or workshops for the community to learn new skills, this grant funding has been a great way for the community to direct resources to local priorities.”

Her ward colleague SNP councillor Angus Millar agreed this was a great way to help empower local communities. 

He added: “Empowering communities to decide how resources are allocated has rightly been a real focus over the last five years in Glasgow. 

“In addition to our Area Partnerships’ fantastic grants funding programme, with new investments like the Parks and Open Spaces Fund we are putting money directly in the hands of local communities to spend on greener streets and quality green spaces.

 “I am delighted that the recent SNP council budget extended this fund for a further year with £1.5 million across Glasgow – while our budget has also delivered £1 million for each and every council ward across Glasgow for communities to spend on local neighbourhood infrastructure like roads, pavements and lighting.

“That’s a fantastic example of community empowerment in action and I am looking forward to seeing the Anderston, City, Yorkhill ward benefit from this investment.”

The  area partnership is made up of  councillors, community councils and community planning partners.