Highland Coastal Communities Fund

How to apply

There is a two-stage process involved in applying for Highland Coastal Communities Funding:

  1. Expression of interest giving outline information on key facts and figures about your project. You will then receive feedback on this to inform a possible full application
  2. Full application - this will be considered by local Councillors at Area Committee.

Fund status

The initial round of expression of interest submissions which closed on 3rd December 2020, was extremely over subscribed. Within each area a number of these initial expressions of interest have been invited to proceed to full application. Given the high demand, some areas have chosen to progress the current applications in the system before opening again for further EOI’s. Further information on the status of the fund within each area is listed below for information.

 

Area Committee Decision Date Current status of fund
Lochaber 23 March Currently accepting full applications (no initial expression of interest needs to be submitted). The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 3 March and application paperwork can be obtained by contacting coastal.communities@highland.gov.uk
Caithness 22 April Closed pending review of available funds beyond 22 April
Black Isle, Dingwall & Seaforth 14 April Closed pending review of available funds beyond 14 April
Skye 29 March Closed pending review of available funds beyond 29 March
Sutherland 1 April Closed pending review of available funds beyond 1 April
Wester Ross 15 April Closed pending review of available funds beyond 15 April
Inverness TBC Update to be provided after 23 Feb
Easter Ross 8 April Closed pending review of available funds beyond 8 April
Nairnshire TBC Closed pending review of available funds
Strategic Fund TBC Timescales and processes for applying to the strategic fund are yet to be confirmed. An update on this will be provided during May 2021

Local Area Priorities

Full applications may be submitted within the Lochaber area only any time before 5pm on Wednesday 3 March. Application paperwork can be obtained by contacting coastal.communities@highland.gov.uk.

Applicants should demonstrate how their project will meet the following local area priorities:

  • Applications from remote/rural areas within Lochaber
  • Projects which aim to alleviate tourism pressures