Bute groups bid for share of ‘third sector’ cash

This year's ButeFest takes place in Rothesay from July 29-31.
This year's ButeFest takes place in Rothesay from July 29-31.

Four Bute organisations are among 20 groups from the Bute and Cowal area bidding for a share of Argyll and Bute Council’s third sector grants fund.

Beachwatch Bute, ButeFest and Tee in the Port are joined on the list of 2016-17 applicants by the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Council officers have recommended that a total of £32,542 be shared out among the 20 applicants, though the final decision on whether - and how much - to approve will rest with members of the authority’s Bute and Cowal area committee, which meets in Rothesay this Tuesday, April 5.

The detail of the Bute applications is as follows:

Beachwatch Bute - A contribution towards increasing the number of storage benches for use by the general public in key locations throughout the island. The organisation removes up to ten tonnes of marine litter every year.

(Amount requested £3,000; recommended award £2,500)

ButeFest - A contribution towards improving and expanding the annual ButeFest to include a covered family area for pre-fives, a Teen Zone, Arts and Craft Zone, and a Scot’s Corner.

(Amount requested £3,500; recommended award £3,000)

Tee in the Port - A contribution towards funding of the annual music festival and the cost of moving and staging the event from Port Bannatyne Golf Club to within the village of Port Bannatyne.

(Amount requested £3,384; recommended award £2,400)

Macmillan Cancer Support - A contribution towards furnishing the two palliative care wards in the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay, in order to provide a more comfortable environment for families.

(Amount requested £1,500; recommended award £1,000)

Two other projects in the list of applicants have a potential or actual link to Bute: the Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust is seeking a contribution to the cost of monitoring its ‘Branching Out’ mental health programmes in the community forests in Bute and Kilfinan, while The Touring Network has asked for a contribution towards the costs of running a supported programme of cultural events in Bute and Cowal.

The 20 applicants from across Bute and Cowal asked for a total of more than £50,000; the total grant fund available for the year in Bute and Cowal is £35,247, but officers have recommended that a balance of £2,705 be carried forward for allocation to any other applicants later in the year.