Building Resilience For Island Communities
13th September 2020
£2 million for locally-led green recovery.
Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Islands Green Recovery Programme, announced in the Programme for Government and now open for applications, is split into four strands and managed by four partners, delivering investment in low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.
Part of the funding will be used to help independent food retailers and businesses introduce packaging-free shops and remove the need for disposable packaging. Sustainable travel initiatives, climate change projects and projects to improve local supply chains can also apply for funding.
Islands Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
"We know that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on our island communities. We want to use the learning from impacts encountered and solutions that have been identified during this pandemic to build the resilience of our island communities.
“The Islands Green Recovery Programme will stimulate new economic activity across our islands, helping businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and creating new, quality jobs.
“We know being environmentally responsible and mitigating the effects of climate change can be more expensive for people living on our islands. This investment will also help reduce that financial burden and back projects that support sustainable, on-island employment."
Chief Executive of venture philanthropy organisation Inspiring Scotland Celia Tennant said:“We are delighted to support this programme of investment which will contribute to the economic, environmental, and social wellbeing of our island communities.
“We welcome the opportunity to fund and support locally-led green projects and look forward to working with all sectors - from businesses to sole traders, from charities to community groups – to help the economic prosperity of our islands.”
The £2 million is shared between:
Zero Waste Scotland fund - £300,000 to introduce packaging free shops
Energy Saving Trust fund - £300,000 to support carbon neutral initiatives
Inspiring Scotland fund - £900,000 to support community recovery projects
Highlands and Islands Enterprise fund - £500,000 to support green economic recovery
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A project to create accommodation facilities at Kishorn dry dock in Wester Ross has secured investment of up to £94,675 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Having on-site accommodation will enhance the dock's capacity and help it attract more high-end contracts in offshore renewables and oil and gas decommissioning.
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Businesses that meet the criteria will be eligible for both grants and a holistic business review with bespoke support based on their individual needs. Carroll Buxton, deputy chief executive of HIE, said: "Hotels are at the heart of our tourism sector, which is central to our regional economy and a vital source of rural employment.
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