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Highland communities in Badenoch and Strathspey encouraged to apply for Place Based Investment Programme support from Highland Council


By Louise Glen

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Councillor Trish Robertson. Picture Gary Anthony
Councillor Trish Robertson. Picture Gary Anthony

Seven of Highland Council’s area committees are now inviting applications under the first round of the Place-Based Investment programme. Community groups and local organisations are being encouraged to apply and make sure they don’t miss the various January 2022 deadlines.

The Scottish Government has allocated £1,963,000 of ring-fenced Place Based Investment Programme funding for the current financial year.

The Programme seeks to support capital projects which deliver on place policy ambitions such as town centre revitalisation, community led regeneration, 20-minute neighbourhoods and Community Wealth Building, and are shaped by the needs and aspirations of local communities.

In September members of the council’s economy and infrastructure committee agreed that an area-based approach would be adopted to manage the Scottish Government’s Place Based Investment Programme grant for 2021/22.

Chairwoman of the economy and infrastructure committee, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: “This area-based approach to spending the money across the geographic spread of the Highlands that we have adopted offers greater opportunity for local projects to be funded.

“I encourage anyone with a project that they think could benefit from funding support to get their application in as soon as possible as we expect demand to be high.”

Round one of funding is open for the following area committees

  • Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee. The deadline for applications is 2pm on January 19.
  • Sutherland County Committee. The deadline for applications is 9am on January 24.
  • The City of Inverness Area Committee. The deadline for applications is 2pm on January 21.
  • The Lochaber Area Committee. The deadline for applications is 2pm on January 21.
  • The Wester Ross, Strathpeffer Lochalsh Committee. The deadline for applications is 2pm on January 21
  • The Black Isle Committee. The deadline for applications is 2pm on January 19.
  • The Nairnshire Committee. The deadline for applications is 9am on the 31 January 2022.

Full details, guidance notes and application forms can be found on Highland Council’s website at https://www.highland.gov.uk/regeneration.


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