£29,000 grants for community groups planned

Street rugby and a new football team could soon be kicking off, thanks to grants from Argyll and Bute Council.

And an emergency payment of £4,000 to Helensburgh and District Round Table is also being recommended following a ‘disastrous’ year in 2013.

A report to next week’s meeting of the Helensburgh and Lomond area committee says the problems with last year’s fireworks display were ‘mainly due to poor weather and access difficulties ‘- but does not mention that because of the CHORD project there was no bonfire.

Fourteen organisations are recommended to share awards totalling nearly £29,000 under the council’s third sector grants programme.

The largest awards, of £4,000 apiece, would go to the Helensburgh bicentenary pipe band championships, Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering and the round table for the fireworks night.

The report says that the round table have requested £7,000, which would also create a contingency fund for future years.

Helensburgh Cricket and Rugby Football Club is expected to receive £2,225 to further develop a street rugby programme in areas including Kirkmichael, Garelochhead and Rosneath to help make the sport of rugby more accessible.

The Gareloch branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association is due to receive £2,200 to help meet the costs associated with caring for an extra two horses the group now owns to meet the increase in demand from disabled riders, which has doubled in three years.

Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra is expected to receive £1,960 to help develop an outreach programme, and Project 81 Youth and Community Enterprise Ltd will use £1,708 to provide food hygiene training for 10 volunteers and an intergenerational Christmas dinner for the senior citizens lunch club.

Cove and Kilcreggan Youth Café (recommended to receive £1,500) hopes to form a local football team and help fund a youth worker, and Helensburgh Play Park Association (£1,000), which has now completed the refurbishment of Hermitage Play Park, will be transporting new equipment for the play park in Colgrain.

Helensburgh Addiction Rehabilitation Team (£1,000) is hoping to help 20 service users access fitness and exercise, especially swimming, to complement recovery plans.

Ardencaple Football Club (£500) wants to buy ten sets of four-a-side goals to be used in training and festivals, Cove and Kilcreggan Lunch Club (£450) – described as ‘a vulnerable group supporting vulnerable people’ – would sue the money to help provide social activities including a summer trip and Christmas lunch, opportunities to stay in touch and support for members when they are ill.

Finally, Rosneath and Clynder Senior Citizens Association is expected to be given £260 to help provide two coach trips in summer and winter for senior citizens in the area.

All of these figures are recommendations only, and need to be approved by councillors on Tuesday.