South Ayrshire community projects tackling poverty and disadvantage will receive their share of £27 million funding over the next three years.

Ayr United Football Academy and Girvan Youth Trust are amongst 100 initiatives developed by local people across Scotland set to receive grants from the Investing in Communities Fund.

The Football Academy's "We Are United" social project is set to receive an as yet unknown figure from the national fund, while the Youth Trust's "Life's A Journey" will also receive an amount.

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Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur said: “This fund will help directly address issues facing disadvantaged communities, such as unemployment and food insecurity.

“We have been clear that the Scottish Budget is prioritising our limited resources to tackle child poverty, invest in our transition to net zero, and protect public services. And the projects supported through Investing in Communities speak to these priorities.

“Many will help ease immediate challenges from the cost of living crisis but also support communities in delivering longer term plans to address poverty.”