A number of improvements are being made to the way in which Argyll and Bute Council distributes grant funding to community groups.
The Council currently has two funding streams which support the development of community groups – the Third Sector Grant Fund and the Early Years Fund.
At a meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee, members agreed improvements to both schemes.
These included developing the criteria for grant funding so that community councils and parent councils can apply, and agreeing a phased approach to increasing community participation in grant decisions. This includes the development of assessment panels made up of members of the public to make recommendations to Area Committee.
It was also agreed that Area Committees are informed of Early Years Fund distribution and that the Third Sector Grant fund will now be known as the ‘Supporting Communities Fund’. The Supporting Communities Fund will be allocated by Area Committees in one round, starting in April next year.
There is also a possibility that Participatory Budgeting could be used in the future as a way of distributing grant funding.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie said: “These improvements are a positive step in making it easier for people to apply for grant funding and for funds to be distributed.
“These two funding streams are extremely beneficial to local communities and I hope that by improving them they will become much more accessible for people to apply.”
The Argyll and Bute Supporting Communities Fund is now open to applications. The deadline to apply is 10 February 2017, for a decision in April 2017.
Applications forms can be downloaded from https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/council-and-government/third-sector-grants
Alternatively, you can email email@example.com telephone your local office:
Bute and Cowal: 01700 501357
Oban, Lorn and the Isles: 01631 567944
Helensburgh and Lomond: 01436 658735
Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands: 01546 604270