Financial support of more than £16,000 to six Bute groups was approved by local councillors this week.
Members of Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee gave the green light to the following awards from the authority’s Third Sector Grants Fund:
* £3,000 to the Bute Community Land Company to develop volunteering and educational opportunities and improve access to the 161 hectares owned by the company at the north end of Bute;
* £3,500 to Rothesay and District Pipe Band towards the cost of taster sessions in the island’s schools and after-school and evening lessons;
* £4,000 to the Rothesay Pavilion Charity to help with the cost of a four-day festival this September before the Pavilion closes for refurbishment;
* £2,300 to Tee in the Port towards the cost of the annual music festival at Port Bannatyne Golf Club;
* £2,850 to VisitBute to help design a programme of entertainment in Rothesay for the summer season, with a particular focus on the new performance area in Montague Street.
In addition, a £520 underwrite was also approved to support the cost of the Bute Agricultural Society’s annual show in Rothesay.
A total of £29,000 is to be given to community groups across Bute and Cowal under the scheme, with £16,170 (including the BAS underwrite) going to the six Bute projects and the remaining £12,830 going to nine initiatives in the Dunoon and Cowal area.