Local councillors confirmed the award of £7,000 in grant funding to three Bute third sector organisations on Tuesday.
Members of Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee approved awards of £3,000 to both Bute Advice Centre and the United Church of Bute’s Pass-It-On project, and £1,000 to the Bute Community Band when they met at Eaglesham House in Rothesay.
All three awards, from the authority’s Bute and Cowal third sector grants fund, were in line with recommendations made by council officials.
The Bute Advice Centre award, to contribute towards the project’s running cost, was approved after the meeting heard that the centre had experienced an increased workload due to changes in the benefits system, while the Pass It On cash will be used to supply starter packs for vulnerable groups, particularly young people, obtaining first-time tenancies and to replace goods for older people.
The Bute Community Band grant will be used to contribute towards the purchase of sheet music and uniforms for the band’s members.
A recommendation that the Bute Agricultural Society be given a £650 underwrite towards the cost of its annual show and ploughing match was deferred until June after the committee asked for more information about the financial performance of the two events.
In addition to the Bute awards, 14 grants were approved for groups in the Dunoon and Cowal area, with a total value of £27,990.