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Council Confirms Event and Festival Funding

Funding to support events and festivals that will boost economic growth in Argyll and Bute has been approved by the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee.

Eleven events across culture, sport and the arts will receive support totalling £95,300 from Round 4 of the Council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund (SEF).

These are:

• Cowal Highland Gathering

• Gathering of Cowal Clans

• Helensburgh Winter Festival

• Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival

• Inveraray Highland Games

• Jura Music Festival

• Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Festival

• Mull Rally

• Tarbert Seafood Festival

• Tiree Wave Classic

• West Highland Yachting Week

Councillors also agreed to make remaining SEF funds, estimated to be £55,000, available to apply for.

Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Economic Growth said: “Events and festivals have played an important part in the economic health of Argyll and Bute in past years. The Covid pandemic however has dealt this sector a hard blow. “These funding awards are all about supporting the recovery of the local events and festivals industry and through it, the growth of local economies across Argyll and Bute.”

Information on how to apply for the next round of funding will be available on the council’s website and social media channels at the end of February, for applications to be returned by the end of April.

Tiree Community Development Trust – Windfall Fund

Tiree Trust LogoThe Windfall Fund is welcoming enquiries so please get in touch with a member of the Trust Team for an enquiry form or for more information. Please get in touch as soon as you have an idea for a project and don’t leave it to the last minute. Our LDO’s Jackie and Sam are also on hand to assist with match funding information and applications.

The following awards were made in May 2013:

  • Tiree Regatta Club received £1,185.00 towards running a 3 day sailing course for kids with Stramash
  • Tiree Young Farmers received £2,370.00 towards a trip to the Royal Highland Show to experience stock judging and to meet up with other Young Farmers groups.
  • Tiree Agricultural Society received £1,800 towards the main attraction for Tiree Agricultural Show 2013
  • Fèis Thiriodh & Tiree Music Festival received £710.00 towards Fèis na Fèise; tuition courses for advanced musicians that will run before the Tiree Music Festival 2013.
  • Freestyle Park Working Group received £200.00 to bring a skate park designer to Tiree to complete a site survey and draw plans.
  • Swimming Pool Steering Committee received £1,000 to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and office facilities while conducting a feasibility study on Tiree.
  • Dance Directionz received £520.60 towards starting up a dance group for people aged between 5 and 18
  • Rags to Riches received £1,508.00 towards the running of Rags to Riches.
  • Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Society received £2,980.00 towards the cost of bringing portable showers & toilets to Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Show.
  • Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Society received £3,000 towards the cost of hiring tents and marquees for Tiree Music Festival & Tiree Agricultural Show.
  • Tiree Rural Development received £4,200 towards installing a septic tank in Scarinish for motor home users.
  • Tiree Resource Club received £7,225.00 towards the second year of the out-reach worker post and minibus project.

Note of second meeting of Tiree Renewable Energy Skills, Education and Training Group (RESET) 26/3/12

Present- R Thornton (by ‘phone), D Campbell, T MacKenzie, , S Isaacson, J Smith

Apologies- K MacCallum, W Wright

1. Introduction

· It was agreed that the action points from the last meeting would be taken as part of the discussion

· It was agreed that any funds provided by SPR for RESET in Tiree during 2012/13 would be allocated by an ad hoc group consisting of 2 representatives from SPR, 2 from TCDT and 1 from Tiree High School.

The funds would be channelled administratively through TCDT, subject to their formal agreement.

· It was agreed that RESET funds would be available to anyone eligible who was over 16 years old and for disciplines that were related to employability in the renewable energy sector. Such disciplines would include all aspects of engineering, pure and applied sciences, business, management, IT and appropriate vocational training/education. Further basic eligibility criteria would also require to be developed in a set of formal rules for the initiative.

2. Estimated demand

· Jayne had previously confirmed that any support from SPR for RESET would not affect other potential funding for post-school students.

· It was assumed that the eligibility criteria would define a workable ‘Tiree connection’

· It was estimated that approximately 7 students on the current roll of THS would be looking to pursue RESET-related activities post-school in 2012/13 and 2013/14.

· Sophie reported that the post?school sector was more difficult to quantify but it was agreed that approximately the same number of individuals over the two years would be the maximum.

· This would give an estimated maximum of 7 or 8 individuals potentially eligible for support over each of the next two years.

3. Budget

· £10,000 would be available for 2012/13 with the intention that the same would be available for 2013/14.

· If numbers eligible for support were as above this would enable a maximum of approximately £500?£750 per annum to be awarded to individuals for full-time year- long courses (or parts of courses) with correspondingly smaller amounts for one-off, part-time or short courses.

4. Other related activities

· It was agreed that if any individual planned to pursue teacher training which could potentially lead to wider RESET-related subject choice in THS then that would also come within the definition of RESET.

· It was also agreed that any Tiree based community group wishing to promote RESET would be eligible for support from the initiative.

· Ralph confirmed that it would not be possible for SPR to make work experience placements available to any THS students in session 2012/13.

· Ralph confirmed that, in the event of a visit to Whitelee Wind Farm being part of the 2013 THS EIL excursion, SPR would be willing to consider supporting the related transport costs.

· It was agreed that, apart from the support for certain teacher training courses, the issue of improved subject provision was outwith the scope of the initiative.

5. Community RESET Event

· It was agreed that a further event, similar to that in September 2011, would be useful and that June 2012 would be a suitable time for it. Sophie had begun planning the outlines of such an event. SPR would support the event as much as possible and Donnie would liaise with Sophie. It was agreed that it would be ideal to time the launch of the initiative to coincide with the community event.

6. Actions for next meeting

· Progress to have been made on organising community RESET event? Sophie and Donnie

· Clarification of how TCDT would administer the annual RESET funding?Donnie to speak with Andy Wright.

· Production of draft rules for the initiative?Donnie

· Distribution to all, for information, of Rules and Constitution of John MacLean Scholarship, of which Donnie is a Trustee.

An Iodhlann Goes Mobile

An Iodhlann

An Iodhlann has just been awarded funding of £21,300 by the Scottish Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture to make historic archive material available through a mobile application whilst ‘on the ground’ walking, cycling or driving around the island.

Have you ever been walking, seen something and wondered “what is that?”, or been looking for something that you know is there, but can’t find on the ground – perhaps the Kirkapol stone crosses? By the end of the project (March next year), you will be able to download an “An Iodhlann” application onto any smartphone or tablet. This will show you information about nearby sites and artefacts … and help you find them. And in case you are wondering – yes this will work when there is no mobile signal!

As well as adding an extra service for those who already visit An Iodhlann, we hope that this will attract new users, especially younger tourists.

The Scottish Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture is run by Nesta, Creative Scotland and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This was a highly competitive process with 52 applications of which just 6 were funded. The other successful organisations are:
The National Piping Centre, Lyceum Theatre Company and the Edinburgh Cultural Quarter, Dundee Contemporary Arts, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Film Theatre and Edinburgh Filmhouse. These are all big city organisations as were the projects funded by an earlier similar programme run by Nesta England. As the only rural-based project, this is a great achievement for Tiree and a great challenge for us over the next nine months! In addition, a team of researchers from the Universities of Stirling, Strathclyde and St Andrews will be studying the progress of all the projects, so we will become an exemplar of advanced technology adoption in rural communities … no pressure 🙂

We will start a blog for the project soon, and post updates in