Funding supports recovery for community projects

Dozens of community groups and projects are to receive support from Argyll and Bute Council to help their recovery from Covid 19 restrictions.

Voluntary groups, charities, social enterprises, village halls and other community venues across the region will receive grants of up to £500 from the Covid 19 Micro Grants Fund to help them bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.

A wide range of organisations is being supported with funding which will help ensure community hubs and venues are made safe and accessible for all. In total, 63 groups will benefit from the funding including: 

  • Grey Matters Active Ageing in Helensburgh charity Grey Matters Active Ageing, which works to combat loneliness and isolation in older residents, will use their grant for folding outdoor tables and chairs and two pop up gazebos
  • Seil Island Hall Community Trust in Oban will invest in new signage, cleaning equipment and touch-free alcohol gel dispensers
  • 1st Ardrishaig Guides will buy a shelter for outdoor meetings, hi-vis vests, PPE and cleaning equipment
  • Dunoon Burgh Hall’s grant will be spend on a fogging machine, volunteer training, PPE and cleaning equipment

Policy Lead for Support Services, Mary-Jean Devon, said: “Community groups, voluntary organisations and local charities do fantastic work in bringing people in our towns and villages together and that’s something that has been greatly missed during lockdown.

“As they continue the process of recovery from the pandemic, this funding will provide much needed support for many of our local organisations and help them to provide safe and accessible venues for people across our communities.”

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