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
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
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
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
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
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.