Supporting Communities Fund

Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund is closed for applications.

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.

The Supporting Communities Fund 2021/2022 is closed for applications.  

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

Argyll and Bute Council's Monthly Funding Alert

GrantNet - an easily searchable tool to find funding sources for your specific need


Groups that received funding from Argyll and Bute Supporting Communities Fund 2021/22 are:

Bute and Cowal


Argyll Arts Collective




Cairndow Village Hall


Dunoon Baptist Church – The Gateway Project


Dunoon Men’s Shed


Friends of the Riverbank Hide Kilmun


Isle of Bute Resilience Team


Kames & District Recreation Club


Lochgoilhead Bowling Club


PA23 BID Ltd t/a Dunoon Presents


Rothesay & District Pipe Band


Sandbank Community Council




Helensburgh and Lomond


Albatross Arts CIC Jean's Bothy


Friends of Duchess Wood


Garelochhead Station Trust


Geilston Hall Woodland Fund


Helensburgh Amateur Swimming Club


Helensburgh and District Access Trust


Helensburgh Art Hub


Males Tales Helensburgh


Plastic Free Helensburgh


Rosneath Community Garden


Visiting Friends


Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands




East Kintyre Community Council


Inverary Community Council


Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited


Live Music Now Scotland


Multiple Sclerosis Centre, Mid Argyll


Shopper-Aide Ltd


Tarbert & Skipness Community Trust


Tarbert Soup Group


The Community Bureau SCIO


The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust


Whitehouse Village Hall


Ardchattan Centre


Oban, Lorn and the Isles


Artmap Argyll


Bendoran Watersports CIC




Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain  (Oban Mod Academy)


Hebridean Pursuits Outdoor Learning


Lorn and Oban Healthy Options


MECOPP - Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project


Mull and Iona Community Trust


North West Mull Community Woodland


Oban & District Access Panel


Oban Men's Shed


Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport


Seil and Easdale Community Council


The Community Bureau SCIO


Tiree Community Council


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

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 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 is available on this page, this is to allow applicants to be aware of the information that is required to be reported on.

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