Community groups have been warned to expect less financial support from a council-run awards scheme in 2019, as the cash-strapped local authority prepares to tighten its belt.
Perth’s common good fund was set up to benefit projects and initiatives around the city, including school trips, concerts and charity events.
The committee of councillors has distributed nearly £200,000 in the last financial year, including £40,000 for the Christmas lights switch-on ceremony.
The warning about future spending came as the group discussed money for Chinese New Year celebrations, due to take place in February.
The PKAVS Minorities Hub and the Perth Chinese Community Association had applied for a grant of “up to £5,000” for the event that will bring the city’s successful Winter Festival to a close.
Councillors agreed to award £3,000, similar to the amount given in 2017, with the total cost of the event being £13,500.
Liberal Democrat councillor and deputy provost Willie Wilson said: “We have to bear in mind our financial situation, not just this year but going into the next.
“These applications are very good but they don’t bring much money they have raised themselves to the table, to be quite blunt.”
He added: “I think we need to take account of that and let people know we are going to have a tighter budget. We are already in the buffers of running out of money this financial year and that may have an impact.”
The Chinese New Year procession will be held in the city centre on Saturday February 2 from 6pm.