Two groups in Helensburgh and Lomond have been allocated thousands of pounds each in the latest round of the National Lottery Community Fund.

Cove and Kilcreggan Youth Café received a grant worth £9,200 which will be used to support its weekly activities on the Rosneath Peninsula.

Helensburgh and Lomond Carers SCIO also received £7,500 in funding to support unpaid carers with their utility, fuel, transport, and food costs.

Helensburgh’s MSP Jackie Baillie said: “I am absolutely delighted that these three local groups who do excellent work in the community have successfully applied to the National Lottery Community Fund.

“During this cost of living crisis many of our local charities are working extra hard to support people who are struggling and I thank them for their ongoing work.

“I would urge any other groups who meet the criteria to consider applying to this fund and I look forward to hearing about more, successful bids in future.”

Elsewhere in Ms Baillie’s constituency, Renton Community Development secured £3,500 to continue funding and expanding a heat hub in Renton Craigandro football pavilion.

This will help to support vulnerable members of the community during the cost of living crisis.

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available from the Fund. Find out more here.