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Council Grant Funding to Support Local Communities

Welcome to the Supporting Communities Fund page.   

Argyll and Bute Council is changing how it distributes its grants to local community groups and third sector organisations, giving local communities more of a direct say in how the funding is allocated.

The fund is open to community groups including community councils and parent councils.

Projects can receive up to a maximum of £2,500.  

A website has been created specifically for the fund:

Groups were encouraged to post their ideas for projects before 22nd December to let their communities know what they would do with the money and how it would benefit the area.  The ideas website allows people to see the ideas being proposed, ask questions to find out more, offer suggestions to help shape the ideas and provide feedback to groups before they submit a funding application. 

However, you can still apply to the fund even if you didn't post an idea.  The application form is available to download at the bottom of this page, and must be submitted, along with the necessary paperwork, by 22nd January 2018.

This year, applications will be decided by participatory budgeting. This means that officers will score applications and recommend a list to councillors who will agree which projects will go forward to a public vote. Members of the public will have the final say on which projects receive funding through a vote in April 2018.

The fund is split between the four Area Committee areas – Bute and Cowal, Helensburgh and Lomond, Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, and Oban, Lorn and the Isles.

The Council's Community Development Officers are able to help anyone who needs support to submit an application to the Supporting Communities Fund.  The Community Development Team can be contacted by email or by calling 01369 708669.


End of Project Monitoring Reports 2017/18

The Council needs to account for all Third Sector Grant funding allocated and it is therefore a requirement for grant recipients to complete all sections of the End of Project Monitoring Report.  The Report for 2017/18 is available to download below, along with a good practice example which may provide some useful guidance on how to complete the form.  Please email completed reports to, ensuring the report has been signed. 

Further Funding Advice

Find more sources of funding and funding advice.

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