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Argyll and Bute Council's Grant Funding to Support Local Communities

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The Supporting Communities Fund is NOW CLOSED for applications 2023/24.


Argyll and Bute Council's Grant Funding to Support Local Communities

Not-for-profit community organisations, with eligible governing documents are eligible to apply for up to £2,500 to support community projects

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

 Download the Application Form here

 Download the Scoring Matrix here

You can also download the Application Form in a Word format or a Large Print format

If you are still unable to access the application form we have an alternative rich text format (.rtf) available to download from the bottom of the page.

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.

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 to download, or call Community Development on: 01436 658881 email

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? 

Find out more about some of the projects we have funded

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 for an End of Project Monitoring Form for 2021/22 cycle of funding.

It can be downloaded from the bottom of this page, this is to allow applicants to be aware of the information that is required to be reported on.

Further Funding Advice

You can find alternative sources of funding for Community Groups  here:

Argyll and Bute Council's Monthly Funding Alert

GrantNet - easy to use search tool to find funding opportuniies

Find more sources of funding and funding advice.