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Communities urged not to miss out on local Scottish Government funding by leading councillor Trish Robertson who says the cash 'can really give a boost to local projects geographically spread across the Highlands'


By Scott Maclennan

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Councillor Trish Robertson.
Councillor Trish Robertson.

A leading Highland Councillor has appealed to communities to apply for Place Based Investment Programme support as deadlines for admissions approaches.

The chairwoman of the council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Trish Robertson says it is important that groups in the Highlands do not miss out.

The cash comes from the Scottish Government’s Place Based Investment Programme which supports capital projects.

The money usually aims to deliver on ambitions such as town centre revitalisation and community led regeneration to benefit local communities.

Last September, members of the committee agreed that an area-based approach would be adopted to manage the grant for 2021/22 worth £1.9 million

The Round 1 funding application deadlines are as follows:

  • Badenoch & Strathspey Area Committee - 2pm on 19 January
  • Black Isle Committee - 2pm on the 19 January
  • City of Inverness Area Committee - 2pm on the 21 January
  • Lochaber Area Committee - 2pm on the 21 January
  • Wester Ross, Strathpeffer & Lochalsh Committee - 2pm on the 21 January
  • Sutherland County Committee - 9am on 24 January
  • Nairnshire Committee - 9am on the 31 January

Cllr Robertson said: “Seven of the Council’s Area Committees have invited applications under the first round of this Place-Based Investment programme.

“This area-based funding support can really give a boost to local projects geographically spread across the Highlands, so I want to remind community groups and local organisations to make sure they submit their applications in time.”

Full details, guidance notes and application forms can be found on the council’s website

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