Council funding to support local community projects with a focus on Covid-19 recovery activities
Welcome to the Covid-19 Micro Grants for Village Halls and Community Organisations page.
This new fund provides one-off grants of up to £500 for village halls and community organisations, with a focus on supporting community facilities to re-open and other community-led recovery activities.
Applicants are able to apply for up to 100% of the total funding costs for any eligible project / activity, up to the maximum possible award available of £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.
Application forms are available to download below. Completed forms can be returned by email to email@example.com.
For further information or to request a paper form, please contact the Community Development Team on: 01436 657647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submission of applications, along with all required supporting documentation is Tuesday 31st August 2021.
Q. Is the funding for anyone using a community facility or village hall?
A. The funding can benefit all users of the facility/ hall, although a representative from any group may apply on behalf of everybody.
Q. Is the funding for any community organisation?
A. The funding is for non –profit community organisations whose activity is focused on Covid-19 recovery and may not have been able to fully open or engage with its members during the lockdown periods.
Q. What can be funded?
A. We can fund equipment, materials and training that specifically contributes to the safe reopening of village halls or enables a community led activity at a village hall or facility with a focus on improving wellbeing or reducing isolation after the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Q. What cannot be funded?
A. We are unable to fund sponsorship or marketing appeals; establishment/preservation of endowment funds; activities that collect funds for subsequent grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals; and, promotion of political or religious activities. We are unable to fund projects that Argyll and Bute Council has already funded in the funding period 2021/22.
Q. How can we restart our services safely?
A. The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) have developed a resource with Public Health Scotland which provides a range of advice for community and third sector organisations. This resource includes a bespoke space calculator to calculate the number of people who can safely use your space and addresses some of the issues to consider before restarting services. If you have any questions you can contact the council’s Environmental Health team on: 01546 605519 or email: email@example.com.