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 Badminton Association

  • To enable two club members to attend Badminton Scotland's "basics" coaching course and to offer a free 6-week badminton taster sessions.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,310

Islay and Jura Community Enterprises

  • To provide weekly Sub Aqua Diving instruction and sessions in the swimming pool of the Mactaggart Leisure Centre during the winter months.
  • Amount Awarded: £5,394

Bridgend Bowling Club

  • To contribute to the cost of running spring taster sessions and a weekly youth drop in session over the summer.
  • Amount Awarded: £4,029

Jura Playground Association

  • To replace and upgrade various pieces of playground equipment and install some new pieces, including climbing frame, picnic table/seating and a musical item.
  • Amount Awarded: £5,615

Islay and Jura Youth Action

  • To provide staff support, venue hire, additional training in IT and coding, travel costs, and resources including laptops and books for the young coders club.
  • Amount Awarded: £2,048

Islay and Jura Netball Association

  • To fund hall hire, nets, kit, and training costs involved in setting up a netball club.
  • Amount Awarded: £5,326


  • To purchase sports equipment/storage hub, fund coaching costs and promote a month-long series of sports taster sessions making use of existing facilities on Jura.
  • Amount Awarded: £4,500

Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle

  • To deliver a four-day Gaelic immersion trip to Sabhal Mor Ostaig for seven senior pupils in Gaelic Medium education at Bowmore Primary School and two adults, in partnership with Comann nam Pàrant Ìle and Bowmore Primary School.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,500

Islay Rowing Club

  • To purchase life jackets, skiff boat covers, storage shed and materials to build lightweight oars.
  • Amount Awarded: £9,195.20


On Your Marks!

Islay and Jura Community Enterprises

  • To train two local people in STA Disabled Swim Teachers Instruction and five local people in STA Swim Instruction.
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000

Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface

  • To fund a 4-day course to be delivered by Glasgow Bike Shed Ltd on Islay for local young people to learn how to build their own bike from scratch.
  • Amount Awarded £5,833.43 

Small Isles Primary School Parent Council

  • To purchase ferry tickets and contribute to fuel and maintenance costs of the minibus used by the school.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Islay Book Festival

  • To fund bookbinding and writing workshops, the travelling books scheme, and volunteer costs associated with the annual festival.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Bowmore Football Club

  • To purchase a pair of freestanding portagoals and nets.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Islay and Jura Youth Wind Band

  • To invite the Glasgow Wind Band to come to Islay to perform a concert featuring music from well known films.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Port Charlotte Primary School Parent Council

  • To invite Ayrshire artist Elaine Johnston to Islay, where she will work with local students to each produce a painting, followed by an exhibition of the work produced.
  • Amount Awarded £1,600
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