Funding of up to £3,000 for community groups

Oban Districts

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Local groups are being encouraged to apply to Glenorchy and Innishail Community Council (GICC) for financial support.

Thanks partly to contributions from local renewable energy companies, the community council has a fund to help support and develop local good causes.

Grants, which are allocated at the council’s regular meetings, can range from less than £100 to around £3,000 and the money could be spent on anything.

Recent beneficiaries have included the community orchard in Dalmally and Portsonachan Village Hall’s lending library.

Last year, members of Bridge of Orchy’s village hall committee, who are renovating the centre, received £820.

John Kerr, secretary of GICC, said: ‘Our main criteria for support is community benefit so if you have a project you can prove helps members of the local community, there’s a good chance we will be able to help you.’

To apply for a grant, residents must complete a short application form which can be downloaded from www.loch-awe.com/community-council and return it to John Kerr, glenorchyb8074@gmail.com by Tuesday March 7.