Regeneration Capital Grant Fund open for applications

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The Highland Council is now accepting expressions of interest for the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for 2023-2024.

Applicants have until June 9 to submit their forms.

The fund, which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government supports locally developed regeneration projects for communities – helping with job creation and support and in building sustainable communities.

The opening of applications marks round 10 of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Since the grant fund opened in 2014, 15 projects from The Highland Council region have received funding.

Among the projects that have previously secured grants is Eigg Community Hub redevelopment, which received a £1,200,000 grant.

Applications must be submitted by The Highland Council via an expression of interest form on the council’s website. This will be used to develop an official application should the project satisfy the criteria of the fund.

Among the criteria for projects are ones that focus on areas:

• Suffering from high levels of deprivation and disadvantage

• That demonstrate clear community involvement

• That will deliver large scale transformational change with strong regeneration outcomes

• That can encourage additional investment and address market failure

Executive Chief Officer for Infrastructure, Environment and Economy Malcolm MacLeod said: ‘The fund is an incredibly competitive challenge fund; therefore, the council can only submit applications for projects that are suitably well developed and can demonstrate that they will commence in 2023-24.

‘I would encourage any organisations or groups with worthy projects to submit an expression of interest form by June 9.’

The expressions of interest form can be downloaded at https://www.highland.gov.uk/regeneration.