Comhairle grants awarded

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has announced significant Grant awards in the third-round of its Community Capital Grant Fund (CCGF). Projects were awarded £234,977 in funding from the fund.

Awards were made to five successful community economic development projects across the Outer Hebrides to groups seeking to deliver community projects and create additional employment within local communities.

Cllr Alasdair Macleod, the Comhairle’s Sustainable Development Committee Chair said: “This is the third round of grants awarded to community groups from the Comhairle’s Community Capital Grant Fund. We have seen very high quality applications from community groups wanting to develop facilities. In this round we have helped shoreside enhancements, community facilities, marine development and tourism projects.

“The Comhairle’s Economic Development service is accessible throughout the islands to support and assist properly-constituted groups with projects that will continue to create real economic development opportunities within local ommunities”.

Community Capital Grants have been awarded to:

Breasclete Community Association (£29,777): A multi-use dedicated pathway will be created between the Callanish crossroads and the Callanish Visitor centre running adjacent to the single track village road which will provide a proper and safe route for all non-vehicle purposes. This will interlink all villages and community facilities, to a world class visitor attraction and complement the forthcoming Hebridean Way.

Harris Development Ltd (£100,000): The project called Harris Marina Hub proposes the installation of floating pontoons in East Loch Tarbert, Harris. The pontoons will be located in the village of Tarbert and on the Island of Scalpay; providing a marina hub for visiting yachts and local pleasure craft. This project will promote the creation of new business, develop marine tourism and provide social opportunities.

Grimsay Community Association (£50,000): The new Centre for Grimsay, North Uist will be an economic, cultural and social hub for the island, to include a cafe, Post Office, community growing and market area, gathering and performance space, local history archive, and be a venue for Gaelic as a living language.

Lochboisdale Development Ltd (£30,000): The aim of the project is to complement the major regeneration project in Locboisdale by increasing visitors to the area, both tourists and from within the wider area.

The project will transform the redundant quayside space into a vibrant, attractive and commercially productive area.

Comann na Mara (£25,000): A shoreside development in Lochmaddy will be provided to complement the successful pontoons which were installed earlier this year. The project will develop marine business investment and promote tourism.

The Comhairle’s Regeneration Team administers the Comhairle’s Community Capital Grants Programme (CCGF) and the team has been active in helping to deliver significant economic development opportunities within local communities over many years. Since the launch of the CCGF in July 2013, the Comhairle has recorded a high level of interest and a significant number of Expressions of Interest have been received from a range of community organisations to-date.

The Fourth-round of the CCGF is now open for Expressions-of-Interest, with the closing-date for applications to Round-4 being March 30th.

For further information please contact David Macleay, Senior Regeneration Officer on: (01851)-622-693, or dmacleay@cne-siar.gov.u