The Rev. Johnny Paton Fund is intended to help children and young people up to 21 years of age overcome financial barriers to taking part in educational or training activities.


Applications are invited from or on behalf of young people up to 21 years of age and resident on Mull, Iona, Ulva, Gometra or Erraid.

Information and Guidance

  • Rev. Johnny Paton was a passionate advocate for all his parishioners and in particular for children and young people. This fund was set up after Johnny died doing something he loved, walking on the hills of the Highlands, which he often joked took him closer to God!
  • Grants of up to £1,000 are available
  • Successful applicants must complete reporting forms post funding and provide proof of purchases with receipts and a breakdown of spending. Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis
  • Applications should provide information on what expenditure is for
  • If awarded, you will be expected to spend the grant within six months and provide evidence of how it has been used. Beneficiaries can only be awarded one grant
  • The fund will focus on the following priorities:

      1. Johnny enjoyed the outdoors. Applications e.g. for residential outward-bound courses or mountain leadership training would be considered

      2. Johnny would have been keen to support young people seeking to go to college or university, or to gain a formal apprenticeship. Bursary applications for college or university courses, or costs for an employer wishing to take on an apprentice would be considered e.g. to help with paying the apprentice whilst he/she is at college and not working for the company

      3. Johnny was particularly interested in Scottish traditional music and singing, Gaelic language and culture and classical music. Applications for short term residential courses or longer-term college or university courses would be considered



Up to £1,000


5pm on 16th September 2024


Please email your completed application form to

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