Bute schemes in line for council grant support

Tee in the Port, the annual music festival at Port Bannatyne Golf Club, is one of the applicants to the first round of Argyll and Bute Council's third sector grants fund for Bute and Cowal in 2015-16.
Tee in the Port, the annual music festival at Port Bannatyne Golf Club, is one of the applicants to the first round of Argyll and Bute Council's third sector grants fund for Bute and Cowal in 2015-16.

Six Bute projects are set to receive a total of £15,650 from Argyll and Bute Council this week through the authority’s Third Sector Grants Fund.

The projects are among 15 in the Bute and Cowal area to have applied to the fund, for which £35,000 is available to local third sector organisations in 2015-16.

All the applications will be considered by members of the council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, which meets at Eaglesham House in Rothesay on Tuesday, April 6.

The six Bute projects to have applied to the latest round of the scheme are as follows.

Name: Bute Community Land Company

Purpose: To develop regular volunteering and educational opportunities, involving the community in improving the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) area and improving access via the paths network.

Total project cost: £8,110

Amount requested: £4,055

Recommendation: £3,000

Name: Rothesay and District Pipe Band

Purpose: A contribution towards the costs of providing taster sessions within school time at all island schools, with lessons continuing on an after-school and evening basis.

Total project cost: £14,820

Amount requested: £3,500

Recommendation: £3,500

Name: Rothesay Pavilion Charity

Purpose: To assist in staging a four-day festival in September 2015 to celebrate Rothesay Pavilion’s cultural significance prior to the building closing for refurbishment.

Total project cost: £37,000

Amount requested: £4,000

Recommendation: £4,000

Name: Tee in the Port

Purpose: To support the running of the annual community event of music and the performing arts at Port Bannatyne Golf Club, to encourage participation and education of music to all ages.

Total project cost: £7,250

Amount requested: £3,375

Recommendation: £2,300

Name: VisitBute/Isle of Bute Marketing & Tourism Ltd

Purpose: To design and deliver a programme of entertainment with local performers in Rothesay town centre during the high season, making the most of the new performance area in Montague Street.

Total project cost: £5,700

Amount requested: £2,850

Recommendation: £2,850

In addition, the Bute Agricultural Society is recommended for a £520 underwrite towards the cost of staging its annual agricultural show in Rothesay.

The council’s guidelines recommend that only new applicants to the fund should receive all or most of the amount requested; projects which have previously been supported by the fund should not receive more than in the past, and may be subject to a 20 per cent reduction on the previous year’s allocation, to reduce dependency on support and encourage the groups to organise their own fund-raising initiatives.