The following projects were awarded funding by the GRI Local Action Group  in 2019:

Barnhill Farm Shop & café

James Mackie was awarded £125,000.00 from LEADER towards the conversion costs of an existing, undeveloped outbuilding space on Barnhill Farm into a combined farm shop & cafe. Both will be used to showcase organic and local produce. This venture will give other local businesses the opportunity to feature & promote themselves under a ‘made in Renfrewshire’ banner. The building & kitchen will also be used as an educational space for local schools and other groups to come and learn about the whole food cycle

Howwood Community Council – Park Improvements

Howwood Community Council were awarded £50,000.00 from LEADER to make improvements to Howwood Public Park. The park has suffered years of neglect due to a lack of maintenance and investment. This has resulted in a space which is now underused, in a poor state of repair, and lacking facilities. The park now requires significant investment to rejuvenate it and to attract people back to this highly valued community space. Our project is to make the necessary improvements, including installing a new play park for older children, football goals, an outdoor gym, a small scooter and skateboard park, picnic tables, benches and bins. Upgrading of the paths, drainage and perimeter railings will also be replaced by Renfrewshire Council.

Gourock Yacht Club – Coastal Rowing Development

Royal Gourock Yacht Club (RGYC) were awarded £15,000.00 from LEADER to develop a new Coastal Rowing Programme within the Gourock community, by purchasing 2 ‘St Ayles’ Coastal Rowing Skiffs, one to be professionally built, and one to be self-built by volunteer Club Members.

Larch Green Lodges 

The project is to improve green tourism in Renfrewshire area by building two eco friendly holiday lodges. John & Shona Mitchell were awarded £179,115.00 towards the building cost of two eco friendly lodges which are due to be complete by December 2019. Their are no other eco lodges in the area and will promote the use of Renewable energy in the two lodges with air sourced heat pumps, harvesting the rain the water and introduce the use a sedum roofs. They also intend to improve the footpaths connecting Renfrewshire & Inverclyde for walkers and cyclists.

Rural Wisdom Outside the Box

This is a cooperation project between ourselves and Angus LEADER. Outside the Box is a charity that provides development support to groups and people across Scotland who want to make a difference in their communities. Outside the box was awarded £43,002.56 to deliver their project Rural Wisdom in North Angus and East Renfrewshire, bringing together community groups and activities that are used by people of all ages, but there is a particular focus on older people and others who are at risk of being socially isolated.

Carli’s Kindergarten Linwood

Chris & Gayle from Carli’s Kindergarten were awarded £94,168.91 to establish a sector leading Reggio Emilia inspired children’s nursery in the heart of Linwood providing the community with excellent early learning and childcare for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years for 50 weeks of the year. To support families through return to work, new employment or much needed rest-bite, to increase the local economic growth through business trade.

The following projects were awarded funding by the GRI Local Action Group in 2018:

Lapwing Lodge Activity Hall 

Lapwing Lodge is owned by West Region Scout Council, however is open to all. They were awarded £184,879.99 from LEADER to build a multi purpose indoor activity hall intent on expanding and increasing their user group. They will be able to offer new activities whilst providing an indoor space to host activity learning sessions. The vision is to create a centre designed to attract families and international tourists who enjoy an active lifestyle.

Castle Semple country Park Infrastructure Enhancement

The Castle Semple Country Park project were awarded £23,000.00 for an Infrastructure Enhancement to support a feasibility and design exercise for improvements to Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Indoor Athletics Training Facility

Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics were awarded £246,920.00. LEADER funding will support in the funding of a new indoor training facility to be located adjacent to the outdoor track at Linwood’s ON-X Stadium, capable of housing a 60m sprint track with jumping and throwing areas, providing fully accessible facilities and multifunctional use for other activities.

Nethermill Lodges 

Nethermill Lodges were awarded £120,529.00 for their project. LEADER funding will help in the building of three luxury lodges to provide luxury, five-star, accommodation in secluded rural location, not currently available in the local area. The project would offer visitors to stay in secluded, luxurious accommodation, having their own hot tub whilst looking out at views over the Clyde estuary, Argyll Hills and Ben Lomond.  On arrival, they will be greeted with a welcome food and drink hamper of locally sourced produce.

Wider Connexions 

Wider connexions was awarded £45,535 for their project. Wider Connexions  is a worthwhile project designed to reach and help adults and young people who are affected by problematic substance use and living within the more isolated rural (and historically harder to reach) areas of Inverclyde. Wider Connexions will offer regularly support to the target communities, equipping people with the information and the personal recovery skills necessary towards making positive life choices that ultimately lead towards healthier and economically productive lifestyles.

The following projects were awarded funding by the GRI Local Action Group at a decision-making meeting in May 2017:

All-Weather Golf Practice Facility: Phase 2 | [Photos]

Gourock Golf Club was awarded £37,560 for phase 2 of their all-weather practice facility. This will enhance the facility’s offering to the community by installing new golf technology.

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Sam Torrance also praised the facility in February 2018

The Glasgow Herald referenced the project in its Golf Supplement in March 2018

The Greenock Telegraph has written about the project

Ardgowan Distillery Visitor Centre: Concept Design 

Ardgowan Distillery was awarded £11,297.50 for their project. LEADER will help the distillery produce a clear design concept for the visitor centre, which will bring together several design experts at this early stage to formulate a cohesive plan for the detailed design phase.

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The following projects were awarded funding by the GRI Local Action Group at a decision-making meeting in December 2016:

All-Weather Golf Practice Facility | [Photos]

Gourock Golf Club was awarded £42,500.00 for their project: an all-weather golf practice facility. Fair weather golfers will know how it feels to be at the mercy of Scottish summers! So Gourock Golf Club devised a project that would combine tourism and social inclusion. The construction of an all-weather golf practice facility will encourage day visitors into the area to practice their swing, no longer bound by unreliable weather. Similarly, trying to encourage young people into the sport is often seasonal due to golf courses being unusable during the winter. However, social inclusion is not just for spring and summer; it must be sustained throughout the calendar year. This new facility will not only be all-weather, but also for the whole year, and it will help to keep young people engaged with the sport.

Park Farm Expansion

Miller Family Enterprises received a grant award of £90,167.81 to allow them to re-locate and expand an existing business. LEADER funding will allow this rural enterprise to develop their business much quicker than would have otherwise been possible. The current yard is shared by three businesses, limiting space for day-to-day operations. The new yard will be accessible by public transport and the main road, helping to attract new customers and create job opportunities.

Clyde Muirshiel Tag n Track Project [Photos]

Clyde Muirshiel received £39,986.66 for its ‘Tag n Track’ project. The project will be tracking and monitoring lesser black-backed gulls and barn owls, both found within the Regional Park. Using satellite tags on the birds, school children will be able to track bird movements using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

KLAS Care: Refurbished Janitor House

KLAS Care, a community interest company (CIC), received LEADER funding totalling £115,672.40 towards refurbishing an old, dilapidated school janitor house. The project will improve the local economy through increased employment and providing more childcare.