Arran and Cumbrae's businesses and community groups are now able to apply for grants of up to £150,000 through the SNP Government’s new Island Communities Fund (ICF) for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net zero.
The fund is backed by £2 million of funding, which comes from the £9.5 million committed to the Islands Programme for 2021/22.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“I encourage community groups and businesses on Arran and Cumbrae to find out if their projects are eligible and apply for up to £150,000 of funding as soon as they can.
“The ICF was designed to help Arran and Cumbrae to thrive through community-led initiatives that contribute to our ongoing population priorities. Projects will support employment, community resilience and a green economic recovery from the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
“The £2 million Islands Green Recovery Programme last year delivered 67 projects, providing a ‘real term’ investment of more than £2.7 million including to Isle of Arran Brewery, Arran Ice Cream and Taste of Arran, Woodside Arran CIC and Millport Town Hall on Cumbrae. The SNP Government is keen to invest in green initiatives on Arran and Cumbrae so please make good use of it.”
Grant applications will be submitted through Inspiring Scotland, who will manage the fund. Applicants will be expected to put forward ‘shovel-ready’ island-based community-led projects and detail how it will contribute to a successful and sustainable future for the islands and support employment and community resilience.
Find detailed information, guidance and application forms on the Inspiring Scotland ICF website.
Applications close on Friday 16 July at noon and projects should be completed by the 31 March 2022.