Lochaber projects awarded Highland Coastal Communities Fund
Eight successful projects have been awarded £432,032 Highland Coastal Communities Fund by The Highland Council’s Lochaber Committee.
Lochaber Councillors agreed to prioritise projects from remote, rural areas and projects that will alleviate tourism pressures.
Applications for the Lochaber (HCCF) were oversubscribed with eleven projects exceeding the total amount of funding available. The following applications were awarded:
- Ardgour Community Council - Ardgour Area Path Network - £10,935
- Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust - Increasing Infrastructure Resilience and Capacity at the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Complex - £73,650
- Eigg Trading - An Laimhrig- Eigg Community Hub Redevelopment (phase 2) - £100,000
- Fort William Marina and Shoreline Community Interest Company - Dredging of Foreshore - £70,447
- Glencoe and Glen Etive Community Council - Glencoe Village Car Park: Phase 1 Feasibility Study - £12,000
- Isle of Canna Community Development Trust - Coroghan Barn Redevelopment Feasibility Study - £15,000
- National Trust for Scotland - Sustainable Infrastructure in Glencoe and Glen Etive - £50,000
- Road to The Isles Facilities Group - Silver Sands (Tougal) Car Park Improvement - £100,000
The Highland Coastal Communities Fund is 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.
Projects are expected to prioritise economic recovery, community resilience, mitigate the impact of climate change or address the challenges of rural depopulation. The successful projects will also demonstrate sustainability or viability, value for money, additionality, local support/benefit to their community and evidence the positive impacts for their coastal community/economy.
Applications from Arisaig Community Trust for The Arisaig Aire - £100,000; Bruce Boyd – for Muck Community Store - £14,000; and Caol Regeneration Company for Thomas Telford Corpach Marina - £100,000 were deferred.