Bute ‘third sector’ groups seek council grant support

The Bute Bowling Association has applied to Argyll and Bute Council's third sector grants fund for help with the cost of staging its annual open tournament.
The Bute Bowling Association has applied to Argyll and Bute Council's third sector grants fund for help with the cost of staging its annual open tournament.

Three Bute organisations will have their applications to Argyll and Bute Council for grant funding totalling £6,500 decided this week.

Achievement Bute, the Bute Bowling Association and the Buteshire Natural History Society have all applied to the authority’s ‘third sector grants fund’ for financial support.

But with only £6,000 left in the fund for the Bute and Cowal area this year, it’s already certain that the groups won’t all receive every penny they’ve asked for.

The fate of their applications - along with those from four groups in Cowal - will be decided by the council’s Bute and Cowal area committee when it meets in Rothesay this Tuesday, August 4.

Achievement Bute has applied for a contribution towards its confidential counselling service, which is delivered by a clinical child psychologist specifically for children and young people with disabilities and thier families.

The total project cost is £8,800; Achievement Bute has requested support of £4,000, and the recommendation is that the committee approve an award of £1,925.

Bute Bowling Association is seeking £1,500 towards the cost of staging its annual open bowling tournament, which this year runs from August 9-15; the total cost of the project is £3,516, and the recommended award is £500.

The Buteshire Natural History Society has applied for £1,000 towards a total cost of £2,800 for buying equipment to record and monitor small mammals on Bute, and to involve the wider island community in the project under the Citizen Science initiative.

The receommended award to BNHS is for the full £1,000 requested, largely because the Third Sector Grants Fund prioritises new applicants, to avoid the risk of groups becoming dependent on grants, and the society has not previously made an application to the fund.

Click here to find out more about the applications to the fund.