Council grant funding supports Argyll and Bute communities

Published Date: 

17 Dec 2013 - 16:24

This year, a total of 120 community groups and organisations across Argyll and Bute benefited from the Council’s Third Sector Grants programme. 

Now, community groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply for Argyll and Bute Council’s Third Sector Grants for 2014/15.  Applicants should note that the closing date for the return of completed application forms for a decision in April at the four area committee meetings is Monday 3 February 2014.

The Third Sector Grants programme is aimed at supporting communities and vulnerable people, and helping to kick start new projects and events.    Applications forms are available from local area community learning offices or can be accessed using the following link:


Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Community and Culture, said, “I am impressed by the incredible diversity of projects that continue to be supported by the council’s third sector grants and I applaud the tremendous work undertaken by so many groups and organisations across Argyll and Bute.”

The £35,000 grant funding made available to Oban, Lorn and the Isles has supported 26 groups and organisations including Oban Fireworks Group, Tobermory Scout Hall, Tiree Resource Centre, Oban Multiple Sclerosis Centre and  North Argyll Youth Forum.

In Bute and Cowal, the £35,000 grant funding has supported 31 groups and organisations in the area including Cowal Community Care Forum, FATHOMS, Innellan Public Hall and Ardentinny Community Trust

The £35,000 grant funding made available to the Helensburgh and Lomond  area in 2013 supported 29 groups and organisations including  Friends of Duchess Wood, new drama group Peninsula Players, Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering, Rhu and Shandon Seniors Club, Gibson Community Centre and Helensburgh Amateur Athletic Club.

In Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, the £35,000 grant funding allocated supported 34 groups and organisations in the area, including Tarbert Music Festival, Carradale and District Seniors Group, Kintyre Youth Enquiry Service, Mid Argyll Water Sports, and Islay’s Cantilena Festival.

The Council is particularly keen to encourage new groups with fresh ideas and those that support vulnerable people.   Advice and support on funding is available from the Council’s Community Development and Social Enterprise teams.

Applications are considered twice a year at area committees in April and August. 

Funding is subject to the council’s budget decisions in February 2014.

For further information or guidance please phone 01631 567944 or email