The council’s policy and resources committee has agreed that 12 events and festivals will share £113,000 funding to help create attractions that will increase the appeal of Argyll and Bute as a world-class tourist destination.
These include a literary event on Bute and a dance festival, as well as music festivals in Kintyre, Oban and Tiree.
That funding is being made available for a portfolio of strategic events demonstrates the importance this industry has to economic development in the area.
A total of 21 organisations bid into the fund which offers small grants of up to £5,000 and large grants of over £5,000. Total ask from the 21 bids was £221,060 from a fund of £113,000. The assessment criteria prioritised those applications that demonstrated the best return on public investment; promotional value to Argyll and Bute; and a good range of effects for the local economy. Adding to the area’s visitor and tourism offer was another vital component in the judging process.
No event received 100% of its funding and each application demonstrated that match funding was available.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Policy Lead for Economic Development, said: “Tourism is one of Argyll and Bute’s most important industries, and helps to create wealth and jobs.
“This is an area strong in heritage and culture, which we must use to our advantage in encouraging visitors to come and enjoy what Argyll and Bute has to offer. Over the years, the council has made a major contribution to the development of major events and festival which has provided a successful economic stimulus for the area.
“The events and festivals which have been successful in this round of funding make the most of our natural resources and have local, national and international interest. They not only enhance our local communities, but allow our home grown talent to shine alongside famous names from the music, sport and literary worlds.
“We wish them every success in 2019.”
Small grant fund – Under £5,000
West Highland Yachting Week
Tarbert Scottish Series
H&I Music and Dance Festival
Isle of Jura Music Festival
Helensburgh Winter Festival
Large grant fund – over £,5000
Event Level of Funding
Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Festival
Cowal Highland Gathering
The Oban Games – Argyllshire Gathering
Tiree Music Festival
Argyll Rally (Dunoon Presents)