AN INVERCLYDE support hub is encouraging community groups to apply for funding to get through the pandemic.

CVS Inverclyde helps community organisations access extra money and gets in touch with funders who want to support local groups.

Chief executive Charlene Elliot says funding for community groups is crucial at the best of times - and even more so at the moment as Inverclyde deals with the pandemic.

The team at CVS send out regular bulletins with details of grant funding and provide one-to-one support to organisations on making applications.

They also bring groups of funders together to discuss cash available to encourage groups to apply.

Charlene says the team are on hand to help groups who are struggling at the moment.

She added: "CVS Inverclyde understands how crucial funding support is for groups to grow and sustain their services, particularly at a time when unrestricted funding is challenging due to coronavirus restrictions.

"We are committed to ensuring organisations are kept informed about funding opportunities and supported to access funding through our dedicated funding service."

Funding sources available to groups include: Scotmid's community grant scheme, The Weir Charitable Trust, Foundation Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Co op Local Community Fund, Ross and Liddell community bursary scheme, National Lottery Community Fund, Pocket Places, B&Q Foundation and the John Watson Trust.