Highland Coastal Communities Fund

About the fund

The Highland Coastal Communities Fund is a new fund designed to support economic regeneration and sustainable development around coastal areas in Highland. The fund is derived from revenue generated by Scottish Government Crown Estate marine assets. Each year, local authorities are allocated a proportion of the profits and Highland Council has £3,000,000 available to fund projects in coastal communities.

The majority of the budget has been devolved to individual area committees with some funds ring-fenced for Highland-wide strategic projects. The details of the strategic fund will be announced in 2021. As the only area without any coastline, Badenoch and Strathspey does not qualify for funding.

The distribution across Highland Area Committees for 2020/21 is as follows:

  • Black Isle, Dingwall and Seaforth - £22,015.82
  • Caithness - £409,652
  • Easter Ross - £108,107
  • Inverness - £12,156
  • Lochaber - £462,032
  • Nairnshire - £12,090
  • Skye and Raasay - £505,492
  • Sutherland - £700,407
  • Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh - £347,543

Local area priorities, eligibility criteria and grant limits are still being finalised. Further information will be published when the fund re-opens early in 2021. However, given the anticipated demand for funding, the programme is now open for a short period to accept expressions of interest. Applicants are welcome to submit an expression of interest during this pilot development phase. Alternatively, applicants may wish to wait until the fund re-opens and detailed information on local area priorities has been published.

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