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Healthy Islands Fund

Supporting healthy lives in island communities

The Healthy Islands Fund (HIF) is a £1.3 million investment from the Scottish Government to further support improvement of outcomes for island communities in Scotland. Funding will contribute to delivery of Strategic Objective 7 of the National Islands Plan, which aims to improve and promote health, social care and wellbeing for those living in Scottish island communities.

The Fund will support community-led initiatives that promote healthier lifestyles on the islands. The three aims of the Fund are:

  • To create opportunities for everyone to be active, whoever they are, wherever they live and whatever their background.
  • To create and/or support mental health care at a grassroot island level, taking into consideration the uniqueness of their community.
  • To use the natural environment to support islanders to make daily choices to support their wellbeing, by creating attractive and well connected places for recreation that are resilient and sustainable in line with Net Zero ambitions.


Applications are welcomed from voluntary or community organisations and public sector organisations, for capital projects (up to £100k) or resource funding (up to £5k). This can be for a standalone project or part of a larger project plan.

Project work should support at least one of the Fund’s aims (listed above). Project funding must be used to deliver the project by the end of March 2022.

Applications closed on the 20th of September 2021.

Applications are now closed

Please note: Applications are now closed

Please read our fund information guidance notes for further information about the fund and application process.

The Fund closed for applications at Midday 20th September. Thank you to everyone who applied. Lots of hard work has  gone into the applications, so we’re likely to be quiet for a few weeks as we work with the Scottish Government Islands teamto carefully consider & assess all applications.

Frequently asked questions

Our FAQs document goes through common questions that may come up when applying or deciding whether to apply to the Healthy Islands Fund.

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