Community groups urged not to miss out on funding

Argyll and Bute Council is urging community groups not to miss up to £2,500 funding for eligible projects, as the deadline to apply to the Supporting Communities Fund closes on Monday 18 March 2024. 

The council has supported hundreds of community groups to deliver projects across Argyll and Bute that benefit communities. The last round of funding in 2024 supported forty-seven groups and benefited over 25,000 residents.

More information including how to apply are available on the council website

Previous funding has helped projects across a range of groups to deliver a range of activities and initiatives including; fitness and wellbeing, arts and crafts, music, youth projects and tackling social isolation. 

The fund is open to projects delivering on four key areas. They include:

  • fairer communities 
  • resilient communities 
  • greener, cleaner communities 
  • creative communities 

Councillor Alastair Redman, Policy Lead for Economic Growth and Communities: 

“We know that there are hundreds of community groups and volunteers across Argyll and Bute making a huge difference to local communities. 

Many of the groups depend on external funding. Our Supporting Communities Fund has benefited so many groups in previous rounds and I would encourage you to get in touch and apply to the funding as it makes such a difference.” ­

Testimonials from community groups who have benefited from the council’s Supporting Communities Fund

Dochas Carer’s Centre
The Dochas Carers Centre supports Unpaid Carers throughout Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands (MAKI) and is a major contributor in preventative care.

‘Thanks to the funding from the council, we provided First Aid and Fire Safety training that was accessed by volunteer befrienders. So it helped to increase their self confidence in undertaking their volunteer role with befriendees.’

Achievement Bute
Achievement Bute is a not-for-profit organisation based in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, organising activities and events for all children and young people on the island, no matter their circumstances. Also providing support to those who need it so everyone can participate equally in activities of their choice.

‘With the support of Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund we provided a tutor, transport and materials to support the provision of a child-led programme of heritage and history based outdoor activities.

Read more about some of the projects who have benefited from the Supporting Communities Fund on the council website



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