Supporting Communities Fund

Argyll & Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund is now open for applications and will close on 20 March 2021.

Not-for-profit community organisations, with an eligible governing document are eligible to apply for potentially up to £2,500 to support community projects.

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Council Grant Funding to Support Local Communities

Welcome to the Supporting Communities Fund page.   

The Supporting Communities Fund (SCF) provides grants of potentially up to £2,500 for the voluntary sector, community councils and parent councils.

Find out more about some of the projects we have funded

Applicants are able to apply for up to 100% of the total funding costs for any project / activity, up to the maximum possible award available, of £2,500.   Organisations eligible to apply include voluntary, community, charities and social enterprises which may be involved in Sports and Leisure, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare or Education.  This includes Community Councils and Parent Councils.

Eligible Projects or Events applying for the 2021/22 cycle of funding must take place from April 2021.

Note: The Supporting Communities Fund cannot make awards for Capital Projects.  Capital expenditure is spend on assets,  the useful economic life of which is greater than one financial year.   The term 'assets' would not include items classed as consumables - these are goods which are bought, used and replaced, such as office stationery,  small tools and equipment, clothing or toys, which would all be eligible for grant funding.

Application Packs are available on this webpage, or call Community Development on: 01436657647 or email communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk

The Council's Community Development Officers are able to help groups who need support in obtaining funding.  The Community Development Team can be contacted by email.     

The Community Development team can also assist with developing new projects,  exploring income generation opportunities, identifying other sources of funding,  community engagement and evaluation techniques.   Does your community group contribute to Argyll & Bute Council Strategies and Plans?  A handy guide to Argyll & Bute Council Strategies and Plans can be found here:  A guide to Argyll and Bute strategies and plans

The Council needs to account for all Supporting Communities Fund awards allocated and it is therefore a requirement for fund recipients to complete all sections of the End of Project Monitoring Report.  Please contact communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk for an End of Project Monitoring Form for 2020/21 cycle of funding.  The End of Project Monitoring Form for 2021/22 cyle of funding which is currently open is available on this page, this is to allow applicants to be aware of the information that is required to be reported on.

Further Funding Advice

Find more sources of funding and funding advice.