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Oban Youth Cafe and Keep Oban Beautiful were among eight organisations to miss out on Supporting Communities funding this year.

Isle of Luing Community Trust, Oban Mòd Academy and the town’s Gaelic Choir were also losers in the latest handout of funding, as were Benderloch’s Bookends project, Appin Community Development Trust and Air Ghleus.

Highlighting the youth cafe and the keep tidy project, Councillor Julie McKenzie raised concerns that both had links to areas which had suffered council cuts.

As council funding gets tighter, the demand for grants is getting bigger, members of Oban Lorn and the Isles Area Committee heard last week.

‘We have got people like Keep Oban Beautiful and Oban Youth Cafe which  are delivering services where there have been cuts and we have not been given grants,’ said Councillor McKenzie, who added: ‘Community groups will be left to pick up the pieces.’

The 20 applicants requested a total of £43,941.

Projects are scored on a matrix that awards them points which are added up to decide who gets money from the Supporting Communities Fund.

However, a review is to be carried out over the matrix and the overall scheme and will go before the full council for approval.

There were 12 lucky applicants vying for a share of the £24,670 pot.

Connel Community Hall gets £400, Friends of St Conan’s Kirk will receive £2,500, the same amount will go to Friends of the Argyll Papers and Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival and £1,225 will go to Isle of Kerrera Development Trust.

Another £2,500 each will go to Kilmore and Kilbride Public Hall, Mull and Iona Community Trust and Mull Safe and Sound.

Oban and District Access Panel will receive £1,972 with £2,500 going to the Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme and South West Mull and Iona Development. The WorkingRite project will get £1,073.

Footprint Alba was granted a request to carry forward unspent funding from last year to install beach boards in Oban reminding the public about marine litter and encouraging litter picks.

Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees had asked if its 2019 windfall could also be carried forward to this year but was turned down and will be invited to reapply when it is ready to spend the money.