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£800K funding opportunity for Caithness organisations


By David G Scott

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Caithness organisations are invited to apply for funding towards projects addressing issues affecting Highland rural communities.

This round of Community Regeneration Funding (CRF) of over £800k will be financed from the Community Led Local Development fund (CLLD), a competitive Highland-wide funding programme for rural areas.

Old croft house in Caithness. Funding is available for organisations within the county. Picture: DGS
Old croft house in Caithness. Funding is available for organisations within the county. Picture: DGS

CRF is an umbrella term used to cover multiple community-led external funding programmes administered by the council. This includes the Highland Coastal Communities Fund, Place-Based Investment Programme and Community Led Local Development funds.

Funding will be delivered via a single-step application process. Any organisation or community group wishing to apply can attend online drop-in information sessions ahead of submitting their application. This will be an opportunity to ask the CRF team any queries about eligibility of the projects seeking funding and any specific queries relating to the application form.

Scenic rural NC500 road heading to John O'Groats. Local organisations should apply for the funding as soon as possible. Picture: DGS
Scenic rural NC500 road heading to John O'Groats. Local organisations should apply for the funding as soon as possible. Picture: DGS

Projects must be able to demonstrate how they will meet at least one of the strategic objectives of the fund and how they support the aims and identified priorities of the local plans if a plan has been developed in the area.

Successful applicants will be notified at the end of August 2024. Projects must be in a position to start from September 1, 2024.

Decisions on which projects are successful in receiving funding will be taken by the Highland Strategic Local Advisory Group. This group is made up of third-sector representatives, public and private organisations.

Application forms and further information on the fund and the eligibility criteria can be found on The Highland Council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/communityregeneration

The deadline to submit applications is noon on Wednesday, July 17.


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