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Council Grant Funding to Support Local Communities

Welcome to the Supporting Communities Fund page.   

The Supporting Communities Fund has now closed for 2018.  Please check back regularly for updates on when the Fund will be open for 2019, or contact

This year, Argyll and Bute Council changed how it distributed its grants to local community groups and third sector organisations, giving local communities more of a direct say in how the funding is allocated.  This was a pilot project for 1 year.

A website was created specifically for the pilot project:

This year, projects to be funded were decided by participatory budgeting. This means that officers scored applications to the fund, made recommendations to Councillors at Area Committees who agreed which projects went forward to a public vote.  Members of the public had the final say on which projects receive funding by voting in April 2018.  see which projects received funding.

The fund was open to community groups, including community councils and parent councils, who could apply for a maximum of £2,500 per project.  

Groups were encouraged to post their ideas for projects before 22nd December 2017 to let their communities know what they would do with the money and how it would benefit the area.  The ideas website allowed people to see the ideas, ask questions, and offer suggestions to help shape the ideas. 

Groups were then requested to complete an application form.  The deadline for this was 22nd January 2018. 

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

End of Project Monitoring Reports 2018/19

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 2018/19 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

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