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County allocated major share of new coastal fund: Communities invited to 'express an interest' by December 3

By Caroline McMorran

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Sutherland has been allocated the lion’s share of a new fund aimed at supporting coastal communities.

A total of £700,407 has been earmarked for projects in the county from the Highland Coastal Communities Fund. It is by far the largest sum with next in line Skye and Raasay receiving £505,492.

Coastal communities such as Lochinver are being encouraged to express an interest in the new fund.
Coastal communities such as Lochinver are being encouraged to express an interest in the new fund.

The local authority has established the fund after receiving more than £3 million Crown Estates revenue funding.

Fifteen per cent of the funding is being retained for Highland wide projects with the remainder devolved to area committees.

Communities are now being invited to submit initial expressions of interest in the fund by next Thursday, December 3. A second round will take place in January.

Environment and Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Cllr Trish Robertson said: “I hope communities take up this opportunity to submit their expressions of interest as this funding can make a difference, getting projects up and running that will bring a very welcomed boost to our coastal communities and play a part in the wider economic recovery of the Highlands.

“In line with our commitment to localism, the decision on which eligible projects will receive funding will be taken by members at area committees so local decisions will be made about local applications.”

Council leader Cllr Margaret Davidson said: “It is good news that we are at this stage of asking communities to engage with us so we can distribute the profits from the marine assets of the Crown Estate across Highland coastal communities.”

To express an interest and for further information, visit:www.highland.gov.uk/coastalcommunitiesfund

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