Council cash handed to community groups

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From swimming clubs to climate action groups and outdoor activities to community gardens and woodlands – these are just some of community projects set to benefit from the council’s Supporting Communities Fund.

The fund is available to groups including voluntary, charities and social enterprises, and this year Argyll and Bute Council received 93 applications.

The fund attracted 23 applications from the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands area requesting a total of £43,622.96.

Two applications were deemed ineligible by the council and, of the remainder, 12 were recommended to be awarded funding from the total of £22,500 available for the area.

Among the community groups to receive funding are:

  • Inveraray Community Council: £2,500 for the hire of a consultant to complete a community action plan
  • Multiple Sclerosis Centre, Lochgilphead: £2,500 towards booklets by the Scots Literacy Project and outreach using these to boost well-being in older, isolated members of the community
  • Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust: £1,500 for restoration of the White Shore path
  • Tarbert Soup Group: £2,204 towards healthy cooking and eating sessions for younger people between eight and 18
  • Live Music Now Scotland: £2,184 to support six intergenerational music residencies for people in Ardfenaig and Kintyre care homes and pre-school children in Ardrishaig and Campbeltown.

Applicants who were unsuccessful in this round will be given information on alternative sources of funding by the council, while successful projects must report evidence of the impact of their award by June 2023.

Councillor Mary-Jean Devon, policy lead for support services, said: ‘This has been an incredibly challenging time for charities and community groups who work tirelessly to provide services and community facilities to people across Argyll and Bute. The pandemic has had an impact on fundraising for many of the groups.

‘We are delighted to award a range of projects from helping our most vulnerable residents to nurturing our youngest and helping to protect future generations. We are so impressed by the dedication and commitment of the people making a huge different to the area.’

The next round of the Supporting Communities Fund will open in 2022.


Among the successful applicants, Inveraray Community Council will receive money to pull together a community action plan for the town. no_a28Inveraray01