Supporting Communities Fund

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Council Grant Funding to Support Local Communities

Welcome to the Supporting Communities Fund page.   

The Supporting Communities Fund 2020/21 will be opening for applications on Monday 7th October 2019.  The Closing Date for applications is Friday 6th December 2019 for a decision by March 2020.  

Applicants are able to apply for up to 100% of the total funding costs for any project / activity, up to the maximum 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 must take place from April 2020.

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 and has a resale value.   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.

For an Application Pack, please download below, or call Community Development on: 01436657647 or email communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk. Please note the text boxes are a set size and therefore there are 2 continuation pages at the end of the form that can be used if required. The form can be saved to your computer to be completed or printed.

Download an application pack

Download a large print version of the application pack

Each application to the Supporting Communities Fund is scored using the criteria in the following Scoring Matrices.

Download the Scoring Matrix

Download the Scoring Matrix - Events and Festivals

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

End of Project Monitoring Reports 2019/20

The Council needs to account for all Supporting Communities Fund Grants allocated and it is therefore a requirement for grant recipients to complete all sections of the End of Project Monitoring Report. The End of Project Monitoring Form 2019/20 is available below and a sample End of Project Monitoring Report is also available as a guide to completion. Please contact communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk for more information on this.

Further Funding Advice

Find more sources of funding and funding advice.

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