Helensburgh and Lomond community groups have been urged to apply for a fund which could see them benefit from thousands of pounds.

The Argyll and Bute Council Supporting Communities Fund will allow projects to receive up to £2,500 in cash, and is open for 2024/25 as of Monday, February 5 – with the deadline for applications closing on Monday, March 18.

The fund supports projects which focus on tackling poverty by providing opportunities for locals, repairing and rebuilding from the pandemic, addressing climate change and environmental issues, and using creativity to improve health and wellbeing.

Councillor Alastair Redman, policy lead for economic growth and communities, said: “Across Argyll and Bute, we have dedicated active communities who help bring people together, look after each other and improve the place where they live.

“Since its launch in 2015, the Supporting Communities Fund continues to help hundreds of groups.

“It often provides a vital lifeline and helps some of the fantastic work happening across our communities.

“I would encourage all eligible groups to get in touch and apply.”

The fund has previously supported a range of projects and activities, including improvements to village halls, help with sport and recreation clubs, climate friendly projects, music making, and art classes.

More information including an application form is available on the council website: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/my-community/communities-and-partnerships/supporting-communities-fund.