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Highland Council invites applications to Scotland's £25 million capital grant fund as deadline draws close


By Alasdair Fraser

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Highland Council's Glenurquhart Road headquarters. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Highland Council's Glenurquhart Road headquarters. Picture: Gary Anthony.

The Highland Council is alerting organisations and community groups to the looming deadline for securing funding from Scotland's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for 2022-2023.

Applications will be accepted up until May 24 this year, with a total of £25 million available for locally-developed regeneration projects which help create and support jobs and support, and build sustainable communities..

The fund, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, first opened in 2014.

Since then, 14 projects from within the Highland Council area have received funding including Midmills Creative Hub, which received a £1,700,000 grant and Merkinch Welfare Hall which landed support of £200,127.

Restored Merkinch Welfare Hall benefitted from the fund. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Restored Merkinch Welfare Hall benefitted from the fund. Picture: Gary Anthony.

Other notable projects in the Highlands and Islands include: Armadale redevelopment with a £311,652 grant and Eigg Community Hub redevelopment with a £1,200,000 grant.

Applications must be submitted by The Highland Council, with organisations and projects interested in applying encouraged to submit an expression of interest form on the Council's website.

This will be used to develop an official application should the project satisfy the fund criteria.

Among those criteria for projects is a focus on areas suffering from high levels of deprivation and disadvantage.

Priority is given to those that demonstrate clear community involvement, that can deliver large-scale transformational change with strong regeneration outcomes, and projects and programmes that encourage additional investment and address market failure.

WASPS Inverness Creative Academy, Midmills, Inverness.
WASPS Inverness Creative Academy, Midmills, Inverness.

Councillor Margaret Davidson, leader of Highland Council, said: “The Highland Council has been successful in securing Regeneration Capital Grant Fund grants from the Scottish Government since it was established in 2014 and I would encourage any organisations or groups with worthy projects to submit an expression of interest.

“We’ve seen first-hand how successful previous regeneration projects have been so I look forward to hearing details of the new projects and hope the Highlands will benefit from the grant fund over the course of 2022-2023.”

The form can be downloaded from the Council’s website.


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