£5,000 boost for villages’ gala event

Rhu and Shandon Gala Committee have been awarded £5,000 under the Community Covenant Partnership.

The funds will provide an equipment bank, including tents and marquees, which will also be available for use by other community groups.

Maurice Corry, Argyll and Bute Council’s ‘armed forces champion’, said: “I am delighted to see Rhu and Shandon Gala Committee’s success. Their bid was recognised as very high quality and unique. Congratulations to them.”

Councillor Maurice Corry's Lomond North ward includes Rhu and Shandon
Councillor Maurice Corry’s Lomond North ward includes Rhu and Shandon

The Community Covenant Partnership was established to consider local applications for funding under the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, a programme launched by the Ministry of Defence in 2012 which offers funding of £30m over four years.

It aims to strengthen ties between those who serve or have served in the armed forces and the communities in which they work and live.

Groups, including charities, schools and volunteers, can submit applications for awards between £100 and £250,000.

The money can be used for a range of projects which meet the aims of the covenant – for example bringing together armed forces families with others in their communities, or exhibitions explaining what a local armed forces unit has been doing.

Once an award is agreed, the Ministry of Defence will release the funds to the council, which will manage the finances.