Council confirms funding support for strategic events and festivals

Funding to support events and festivals that will boost economic growth in Argyll and Bute has been approved by the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee.

Eleven events across culture, sport and the arts will receive support totalling £95,300 from Round 4 of the Council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund (SEF).

These are:

  • Cowal Highland Gathering
  • Gathering of Cowal Clans
  • Helensburgh Winter Festival
  • Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival
  • Inveraray Highland Games
  • Jura Music Festival
  • Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Festival
  • Mull Rally
  • Tarbert Seafood Festival
  • Tiree Wave Classic
  • West Highland Yachting Week

Councillors also agreed to make remaining SEF funds, estimated to be £55,000, available to apply for.

Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Economic Growth said:

“Events and festivals have played an important part in the economic health of Argyll and Bute in past years. The Covid pandemic however has dealt this sector a hard blow.

“These funding awards are all about supporting the recovery of the local events and festivals industry and through it, the growth of local economies across Argyll and Bute.”

Information on how to apply for the next round of funding will be available on the council’s website and social media channels at the end of February, for applications to be returned by the end of April.

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