Supporting Communities Fund

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Council Grant Funding to Support Local Communities

Welcome to the Supporting Communities Fund page.   

The Supporting Communities Fund 2019/20 will be opening for applications on 5th December 2018The Closing Date for applications is 6th February 2019 for a decision by May 2019. 

Applicants are able to apply for up to 100% of the total funding costs for any project / activity, up to the maximum award available, of £2,500.   Organisations eligible to apply include voluntary, community, charities and social enterprises which may be involved in Sports and Leisure, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare or Education.   This includes Community Councils and Parent Councils.

Eligible Projects or Events must take place from June 2019.

Note: The Supporting Communities Fund cannot make awards for Capital Projects.   Capital expenditure is spend on assets,  the useful economic life of which is greater than one financial year and has a resale value.   The term 'assets' would not include items classed as consumables - these are goods which are bought, used and replaced, such as office stationery,  small tools and equipment, clothing or toys, which would all be eligible for grant funding.

 For an Application Pack, please click on the link below, or call Community Development on: 01436657647 or contact

Download an application pack here

Each application to the Supporting Communities Fund is scored using the criteria in the Scoring Matrix.

Download the Scoring Matrix here

The Council's Community Development Officers are able to help groups who need support in obtaining funding.  The Community Development Team can be contacted by email    

The Community Development team can also assist with developing new projects,  exploring income generation opportunities, identifying other sources of funding,  community engagement and evaluation techniques.   Does your community group contribute to Argyll & Bute Council Strategies and Plans?  A handy guide to Argyll & Bute Council Strategies and Plans can be found here:  argyll_bute_strategies_and_plans.pdf

End of Project Monitoring Reports 2018/19

The Council needs to account for all Third Sector Grant funding allocated and it is therefore a requirement for grant recipients to complete all sections of the End of Project Monitoring Report.  The Report for 2018/19 is available to download below, along with a good practice example which may provide some useful guidance on how to complete the form.  Please email completed reports to, ensuring the report has been signed. 

Further Funding Advice

Find more sources of funding and funding advice.

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