Supporting Communities Fund

Eligible not-for-profit community organisations, can apply for up to £2,500 to support community projects through the Supporting Communities Fund.

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

Welcome to the Supporting Communities Fund page.   

The Supporting Communities Fund 2024/25 is now OPEN. The closing date for applications is Monday 18th March 2024.

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

How to sign your application form

 Download the Scoring Matrix 

You can also download the Application Form in:

Word format  

Large Print format

If you are unable to access the online Application Forms or associated guidance documents please contact Community Development on 01436 658881 or by email at supportingcommunities@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

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.

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 at communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk.     

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 and Bute Council Strategies and Plans? 

Find out more about some of the projects we have funded

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.

An End of Project Monitoring Report for the 2023/24 cycle of funding can be downloaded or you can request one by emailing supportingcommunities@argyll-bute.gov.uk. The End of Project Monitoring Report form makes applicants aware of the types of information that they are required to report 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 opportunities

Find more sources of funding and funding advice.

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