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The Community Development Team supports a number of projects and events to build capacity within communities. 

If you want to get involved in one of the projects listed here, or have a project of your own you would like to take forward, please get in touch.  Email us at

Some of our recent projects include:

Supporting Communities Fund: Participatory Budgeting Pilot

In 2017/18 Argyll & Bute Council distributed their Supporting Communities Fund by asking people living in Argyll and Bute to vote for the projects they wished to see funded by the total Fund available in their area. Votes were cast mainly through a website. This was a pilot project with an aim to involve people living in Argyll and Bute in making decisions about how public money is spent. This is sometimes known as Participatory Budgeting or Community Choices.

The results of the pilot project, which was supported by the Scottish Government, are available in this independent report.

Community Empowerment Event

On Saturday 11th March 2017, an event on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act was held at the Three Villages Hall, Arrochar.

Approximately 70 participants from a wide range of community and public sector organisations attended to hear about key aspects of the Act and what it meant for communities.

Delegates heard from Kevin Stewart MSP, David Allan from the Scottish Community Development Centre on Participation Requests, Drew MacEoghainn from the Community Ownership Support Service on Asset Transfer, and Ali Stoddart from the Democratic Society about Participatory Budgeting. Workshops were also held on Community Right to Buy, Asset Transfer, Developing a Community-led Action Plan, and "Your Parliament, Your Voice".

Presentations from the day can be downloaded at the bottom of this page, and videos of the presentations can be viewed below:

Kevin Stewart MSP David Allan, Scottish Community Development Centre Drew MacEoghainn, Community Ownership Support Service Ali Stoddart, The Democratic Society Cleland Sneddon, Chief Executive, Argyll and Bute Council

You can find out more about the Council's Asset Transfer process on our website, and our Participation Request information will be available after 1st April 2017. The Asset Transfer team have also prepared a sheet of Frequently Asked Questions following the event, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.