A little SCF funding goes a long way

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A pot of £25,250 will be distributed around 24 local projects approved by Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee last Wednesday.

Three projects will receive the maximum possible £2,500 allocation from Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund (SCF) with a further 21 splitting the remaining £17,750 between them.

A report detailing recommendations for the SCF awards to Third Sector organisations for Oban, Lorn and the Isles was submitted to the committee at the special meeting.

After full debate and consideration, the council decided to make some amendments to the original report in which 11 projects were set to receive no share of the fund due to their failure to achieve a high enough criteria score.

Projects to be given the full £2,500 allocation are the Oban Winter Festival, The Roses Charitable Trust and Craignure Recreational Activity Facility Team.

The recommended Oban Winter Festival grant is listed as being for entertainers and workshop costs, with the report adding: ‘A grant is
recommended to be released upon confirmation of what the workshops will be and that they meet grant conditions.’

Footprint Alba’s request of a £2,498 grant for ‘installation of local beach boards in Oban reminding the public about marine litter and encouraging litter picks’, was reduced to £1,500 to be distributed on the condition that they are granted advertising consent and they take full responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the boards.

The boards will be sited at the three areas adopted by Hope Kitchen, the Scouts and Park Primary School to support their efforts.

Mull Museum’s grant of £1,000, £1,500 less than the amount requested, will be used for a two-week programme of archaeological works, while the Oban Gaelic Choir, who were denied an award in the recommendations, will now receive £242 towards the cost of their performance at a festival in the Estonian capital of Tallinn in July.

Oban Communities Trust received the same amount of funding towards the running of three weeks of workshops aimed at encouraging young people to make Christmas presents instead of buying them.

Speaking on completion of the lengthy process, Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee chairperson, Councillor Elaine Robertson, said: ‘We have discussed these recommendations long and hard and we, as a committee are minded to give every applicant something.

‘Doing this will go a long way to helping these organisations achieve funding from other sources.’

Full SCF grant awards for 2019/2020 are as follows:

Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) – £1,250; Air Ghleus – £242; Argyll RDA Carriage Driving Group – £1,650; Bookends Festival (Benderloch) – £400; Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain (Oban Gaelic Choir) – £242; Comunn Ghaidhealach an Obain (Oban Mòd Academy) – £1,000; Comunn Gaidhealeach Mhuile (Mull Junior Mòd Club) – £500; C0-Roinn Ghaidhlig Mhuile agus Idhe (Mull and Iona Gaelic Partnership) – £500; Craignure Recreational Activity Facility Team (Craft) – £2,500; Crossroads North Argyll – £750; Footprint Alba – £1,500; Friends of Kilbride – £1,231; Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees – £1,250; Grab Trust – £242; Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – £242; Hope Kitchen – £2,300; Mull Museum – £1,000; Oban Communities Trust (The Rockfield Centre) – £242; Oban Winter Festival – £2,500; Oban Youth Cafe – £750; Project Trust – £1,976; Roses Charitable Trust – £2,500; Seil Island Community Hall Charity – £241; Sound Waves SCIO – £242.

Grants will only be awarded funding on receipt of the correct paperwork and an end of project monitoring form if a grant was awarded in previous year.