CalMac Community Fund
About the CalMac Community Fund
The CalMac Community Fund was created to make a difference and benefit those most in need. In response to the social issues arisen from the pandemic, in 2020, it supported 60 local non-profit organisations delivering services tackling mental health, social isolation, loneliness and or poverty.
The Leanne Fund, which supports people affected by Cystic Fibrosis in the Western Isles, received an award for its work to provide counselling and mindfulness coaching to those who have been struggling with isolation.
Other projects include Home Start Lorn for counselling for new parents experiencing mental health issues, Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh for play therapy boxes for school pupils, Curam Thiriodh for a regular lunch club and social activities, sports equipment for young people living on Gigha, an outdoor space for the Brodick Early Years on Arran and support for The Meeting Place - a mental health service in Dunoon.
Recent research has forecasted that for every pound spent by CalMac, communities across the network benefit from a social return of £5.14. It is expected to deliver £676,391 of value over three years.
Since its launch in 2019 the Fund has made awards of £500 to £2,000 to 136 groups and is expected to reach and benefit over 6,500 people.
Subsequently, CalMac became the first Scottish company to be awarded a Level 2 Social Value Quality Mark for initiatives such as the CalMac Community Fund.
The Fund is currently closed for application as we expect to make 60 awards in the coming months from applications received earleir this year.