Cash grants on offer for community groups

Community groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply now for grants for 2013/14.

The closing date to return completed application forms in the Argyll and Bute Council Programme is Friday 1 February 2012.

The Third Sector Grants scheme is aimed at supporting communities and vulnerable people, and helping to kick start new projects and events.

A total of 130 community groups and organisations across Argyll and Bute benefited from the council’s £140,000 Third Sector Grants programme in 2012.

The £35,000 grant funding made available to the Helensburgh and Lomond  area supported 26 groups and organisations this year.

This includes  Ardencaple Boys Club  to provide First Aid training for 20 adults,Cove and Kilcreggan Lunch Club to provide summer and winter activites for socialy isolated elderly residents  and Helensburgh and District Access Trust to host a 3 Lochs relay running event, highlighting the new and improved paths from Helensburgh to Inveruglas.

John Urquhart from the Helensburgh and District Access Trust said: “The grant helped us to hold a very successful event with 200 participants and 20 clubs.  We also promoted the ‘Smartphone App’ for the Three Lochs Paths.”

Louise Glen-Lee, lead  councillor for community, culture, customer and communication, said, “The council has been awarding grants to local groups and organisations for many years and we all benefit from the tremendous work these groups, organisations and volunteers do in our communities.

“Small voluntary and community groups are a vital part of the fabric of our local communities and they play a key role in understanding and addressing local needs.”

The council is keen to encourage new groups with fresh ideas to apply for the grants.  Advice and support on funding is available from the council’s community development and social enterprise teams.

The applications forms are available from local area community learning offices or can be accessed using the following link:  www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/council-and-government/third-sector-grants

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