Bute community groups urged to apply for grant support

Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging community groups to apply for financial help from the authority's Third Sector Grants fund.
Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging community groups to apply for financial help from the authority's Third Sector Grants fund.

Community groups on Bute are being encouraged to apply for financial help from Argyll and Bute Council’s third sector grants fund.

The deadline for applications in 2016-17 is Monday, February 8 - even though the size of the total fund won’t be decided until the council’s budget meeting later that same month.

A total of 103 community groups across the area received support from the programme in 2015-16, when £140,000 was made available to third sector organisations throughout Argyll and Bute.

A recent Bute beneficiary from the fund is the Rothesay-based Pass It On project, which provides starter packs for people arriving on Bute who need a helping hand to set up their home on the island.

Frances Martin, the project’s treasurer, explained: “An average of five or six packs are provided each month. The grant we received from Argyll and Bute Council enabled us to continue this much-needed service, which has been particularly appreciated recently as we have been welcoming and assisting the Syrian families arriving to make a new life with us here on Bute.”

The council’s policy lead for communities and culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “I am always impressed by the enthusiasm, ideas and energy of the individuals and groups working tirelessly within their communities to the wider benefit.

“Applying is easy with an online application form, and the team can also help with exploring way to generate income as well as identifying other sources for income.”

Application packs can be downloaded from www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/council-and-government/third-sector-grants or you can e-mail communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

Advice and support on funding is available from the Council’s Community Development Team on 01700 501357.