Round Two of the Coastal Communities Fund – the regional disbursement of some of the profits made by the Crown Estate Commissioners on the allocation of Scotland’s seabed to the Crown Estate portfolio – will make £2.4 million available for projects in the Highlands and Islands.
Projects which support the Fund’s target aims of job creation and securing existing jobs are being encouraged to apply for funding ahead of the deadline on the 26th April.
Dave Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, has welcomed this news saying: ‘I welcome the opening of round two of the Coastal Communities Fund, and I would encourage as many projects as possible to apply for funding.’
Applications are particularly welcomed:
- from small and medium size coastal communities, with a population of around 60,000 or less, facing economic challenge
- for projects which help deliver Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund in Scotland
- for projects that promote sustainable economic growth and jobs in tourism, fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
Mr Thompson says: ‘In round one there were almost 300 applications, and only 19 projects could be supported from the funds available, so I am glad that more funding is now available in round two.
‘The focus on projects which secure jobs will mean that coastal communities in the highlands and islands will gain economic benefits through the support of these projects, and I look forward to welcoming those successful applications later in the year.’
Year 2 of the Coastal Communities Fund opened for applications on 12th March 2013. The Stage 1 deadline is 26th April; Stage 2 deadline is in mid-September and award announcements will follow in December of 2013. This follows a similar timeline to the Year 1 programme.