Come forward to apply for funding for Scotland’s Islands

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THE Scotland’s Islands project is appealing to organisers of events which highlight the vibrant culture and creativity, outstanding natural environment and quality produce of Scotland’s Islands to come forward and apply for funding.

In particular the steering committee is keen to hear from Islanders looking to organise food and drink related events in order to fill the calendar with a diverse mix of activities.

And not only is funding and support available for events taking place on Scottish islands, but also for events held on the mainland that showcase Scotland’s Islands.

Fiona Richmond, Access to Markets Foodservice Executive, Scotland Food & Drink, commented: “£800 million per year is spent on food and drink by overnight visitors to Scotland. The country has a strong reputation for premium produce and is increasingly known as a land of food and drink.

“The Scotland’s Islands project is a fantastic way to bring producers and local communities together, showcasing the diverse range of quality produce Scotland’s Islanders have to offer tourists from Scotland, the UK and abroad.”

The year of events and activities to showcase Scotland’s Islands gets underway in April.

While the first round of funding is now complete, Islanders can still get involved by submitting their applications to Scotland’s Islands before the close of the second round of funding on February 14. Funding is also available through Awards For All, which has no set closing date.

Head of Economic Development at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Project Lead Joe MacPhee, said: “This funding is for all types of events, large and small.

“We are urging local groups to get in touch so that we can do everything we can to support their applications. This is a great opportunity for the communities to highlight what special and diverse culture our islands have.”

Successful applicants from round one funding include brand new events such as The Orkney Literature and Book Festival, The Uist Eco Film Festival and an exhibition of The Story of Two Slate Island Communities on Oban.

Funding awarded also includes support for existing events such as The Hebridean Book Festival in Stornoway.

For more information on how to apply for funding from and see what events are already involved, visit www.scotlandsislands.com