Gaelic projects se­cure funding

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Five Gaelic projects have suc­cess­fully bid for funding to strengthen and grow Gaelic in Argyll and Bute.

The funding was al­lo­cated us­ing an on­line vot­ing sys­tem and 889 peo­ple cast their vote and chose how £15,000 should be spent in Argyll and Bute.

Some 14 projects ap­plied for the funding – se­cured from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment – and five gained the most pub­lic votes and have been suc­cess­ful in their bids: Dal­ri­ada Gaelic im­mer­sion week­end at Auchindrain town­ship, sup­port for school li­braries, Oban Mod Acad­emy, Air Gh­leus – pro­mo­tion of Gaelic lan­guage, mu­sic and cul­ture and a fea­si­bil­ity study for a stand­alone Gaelic school in Oban.

Cle­land Sned­don, the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘We have tested par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing as a new way of putting funding to best use in our com­mu­ni­ties and re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est from the pub­lic.

‘We thank ev­ery­one for tak­ing part and will take the learn­ing from this process to see where it can be ap­plied in fu­ture.’

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