Islay & Jura

A Fourteen Community


Fourteen is part of Spirit of 2012’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy programme; instigated by Spirit’s investment in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK.  14 communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community. Fourteen will operate from January 2015 through to December 2017.

6 of the communities are in Scotland, one of them is Islay & Jura.  A Panel of local people oversees the distribution of the Fourteen resource budget, informed by ideas and aspiration of community groups and local people on Islay & Jura.

By May 2016 the Islay & Jura Fourteen programme had made 19 On Your Marks grants, 7 donations to parent councils, 4 SPARKS grants and provided 4 volunteer development bursaries.

On Your Marks! provides grants of up to £2000 for activity in line with Fourteen aims.  It particularly welcomes applications for projects that will make a difference to those who are isolated or at risk of isolation  - especially elderly people.

SPARKS grants provided grants of up to £250 to individuals to take forward micro projects that fitted the Fourteen criteria. The scheme ran as a pilot but didn't generate much take up and remains closed.

The Volunteer Development Bursary Scheme provides grants of £500 for any volunteer keen to develop their skills to further contribute to providing leadership, coaching or training to others on Islay and Jura. Applications can be submitted at any time.

As well as these schemes Fourteen has supported two other initiatives so far in 2016.

A 3 day youth enquiry process involving 15 young people who worked up some great ideas about how they can make Islay & Jura an een t better place for children and young people - and the wider community.... watch this space for further updates.

The Panel made available £45,000 to be distributed to some Big Ideas that fitted the Fourteen criteria, were popular with the general public, could provide some other match funding and were going to leave a legacy on Islay and Jura. The results are now in.....



  1. Community activity becomes more inclusive and responsive and designed to meet the needs of many different kinds of people including those who may often feel isolated.

  2. There is an increase in the range and type of community-led sport, recreational and cultural activity that is widely accessible.

  3. More people volunteer in their community.



Supporting community-led initiatives that increase participation in one or more of the following activities:

  1. Social action and volunteering;

  2. Grass roots sport and physical activity;

  3. Cultural activity and the arts;

  4. Youth leadership and personal development.

Awards will be focused on projects that can evidence new people participating and/or new activities being delivered.

Making A Difference

Fourteen's vision is that Islay & Jura is a friendly and flourishing community with a diverse range of recreational and cultural activity that is inclusive and responsive, that builds skills, confidence and friendships and seeks to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of all who live here – whatever our capacity or ability.

The difference we will see:

  • People’s personal wellbeing increases through participation

  • Respect for all individuals irrespective of disability, race and age.

  • Increased awareness in communities of the issues affecting those who are isolated or vulnerable including disabled people

  • Orgs build connections between people through the activities they provide and actively promote participation.

  • Role models inspire others to do more and better

  • People feel more engaged in their local community and have a true sense of pride in the contribution they make to it



Fourteen can support a wide range of costs and activities including running costs for local groups, training, transport, volunteer staff or sessional worker costs/expenses, equipment hire and let costs. Fourteen cannot support capital costs or replace old equipment. Fourteen can only support the cost of new equipment where this ensures that more people can participate in the activity or project. 


 Applications to OYM should be submitted by 20th October for a decision in mid-November.


How to Apply

Volunteer Development Bursary Scheme

Please complete the application form and return


On Your Marks!

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the application form.



Latest Grants

Big Idea

Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle

  • To contribute to the cost of creating a heritage hub on Islay.
  • Amount Awarded: £13,200

Isle of Jura Development Trust

  • To re-instate the "Better Evening Transport to Islay" bus service linking Craighouse and Bowmore.
  • Amount Awarded: £12,000

Isle of Jura Development Trust

  • To develop Corran Path with a fully-accessible area with shelter and seating.
  • Amount Awarded: £21,600


Get Set

Islay Baptist Church

  • To purchase a 16-seater minibus, ideally with wheelchair access, that will provide a community transport service for the elderly and others in need and increase their access to activities, services and facilities
  • Amount Awarded: £15,000


On Your Marks!

Islay and Jura Community Enterprises

  • To contribute to the purchase of a 3-bed trampoline trailer, which will be towed to village locations across Islay and Jura on a rotational basis for young people to participate in a new sport.
  • Amount Awarded: £3,000

3rd Argyll (1st Islay) Scout Group

  • To fund participation in the leadership training programme by the group's leaders.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000 

Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface

  • To run a volunteers fair, aiming to connect young people of high school age with organisations making a difference in their communities.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Fèis Òigridh Ìle agus Dhiùra

  • To run music workshops with Islay and Jura's younger children aged 5-12 years during January 2018 to encourage participation in the February Feis.
  • Amount Awarded £540

Islay and Jura Community Piping and Drumming Club

  • To fund venue hire, equipment, and advertising to help establish the club and provide weekly practice sessions.
  • Amount Awarded £3,000

Islay Community Access Group

  • To purchase and install benches to selected sites on Islay's path network.
  • Amount Awarded £2,100

Islay High School Parent Teacher Council

  • To contribute to establishing a girls' rugby team through volunteer training, equipment, kit, and travel expenses.
  • Amount Awarded £2,480
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