Oban causes cash in on fund

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

A POT of cash for Oban projects has seen a flurry of money given to more than 13 ini­tia­tives since the year be­gan.

Ad­dic­tion ser­vice Oa­sis, Glen­cruit­ten Cathe­dral of Trees and Oban Wind and Wave Club were all ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Oban Com­mon Good Fund – one of the big­gest pots of char­ity cash avail­able to town causes.

A Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil shows that as of Fe­bru­ary 10, 2017, the Oban Com­mon Good Fund was worth £289,265.

Trustees can only dis­burse the in­come re­ceived from the in­vest­ments held, which varies with mar­ket con­di­tions. This fi­nan­cial year the to­tal for dis­tri­bu­tion was £ 35,000.

It was con­firmed that there are no out­stand­ing com­mit­ments for funding from the Oban Com­mon Good Fund.

Min­utes show that over the past five years of the Com­mon Good Fund chair­per­son Elaine Robert­son has tried to raise the pro­file of the group and en­cour­age a larger num­ber of peo­ple to ap­ply for funding.

Mrs Robert­son has also in­vited non- elected mem­bers onto the group and al­lowed ac­cess to the public for in­for­ma­tion.

Projects funded and re­ported in late 2016 early 2017 are as fol­lows:

Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust, £ 5,000; Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing, £1,500; BID4Oban, £600 for ban­ners and bunting; Hope Kitchen, £ 3,000; Oa­sis, £2,600; Glen­cruit­ten Cathe­dral of Trees, £2,500; Grab Trust, £ 3,000 for a van; North Ar­gyll Car­ers’ Cen­tre, £750 for arm­chairs; Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety, £ 300 to­wards a pi­ano; Hope to Oban, £2,200; a Mod Acad- emy, £1,500; the MS Cen­tre, £2,227.50; Oban High School New York Ex­pe­ri­ence, £1,800; Oban Wind and Wave Club, £1,000; Soroba Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise, £761.98; Oban Hockey Club, up to £750.

A de­ci­sion on an ap­pli­ca­tion from the Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing was moved to a meet­ing af­ter May.

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