TWO of Clydebank's busiest charities have been knocked back for thousands of pounds in funding.

West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare and Awestruck Academy had both applied for cash from the Alexander Cross Cameron Trust Fund, run by the council.

But officers and councillors agreed they weren't eligible because the bids were to cover running costs, not one-off events or projects, as is specified in the trust's constitution.

At a committee this week, council staff said a request for cash to put on a concert, for example, would be eligible.

But the foodbank wanted £7,979.91 to cover half the salary for a storeroom stock controller for nine months, let fees for The Hub and weekly fuel costs.

Awestruck Academy, based in Clyde Shopping Centre, wanted £8,000 to provide youths access to arts and music projects by covering equipment and supplies.

Councillor Diane Docherty asked if groups could be directed to more appropriate funding if they weren't eligible for Alexander Cross Cameron.

Staff said they do that already if anyone contacts them to enquire about the trust fund. But in both the foodbank and Awestruck bids, full applications were submitted first, meaning they could only be rejected.

Councillors agreed unanimously to knock back the applications for cash.