Lochalsh community groups urged to apply for funding

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Community groups and organisations in Lochalsh are being urged to apply for a share of the Scottish Government’s Place-Based Investment programme funding to help deliver local projects.

The chairman of Highland Council’s Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Area Committee has reminded community groups and organisations across Ward 5 to apply for the cash.

The Scottish Government has allocated Highland Council £1,963,000 of ring-fenced Place-Based funding for the current financial year, of which Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh ward will receive £80,906 in the first round.

The programme seeks to support capital projects including town centre revitalisation and community-led regeneration, shaped by the needs and aspirations of communities.

Committee chairman councillor Ian Cockburn commented: ‘This area-based approach to divvying up the funding from the Scottish Government means we can target support where it is most needed.

‘This is a great opportunity for groups across Ward 5 to get funding to support them in their work. We expect demand to be high so I urge anyone with a project that they think could benefit from this funding to get their application in as soon as possible.’

The closing date for applications is 2pm on January 21 and full details, guidance notes and application forms can be found on the council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/regeneration