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Healthy Islands Fund

Supporting healthy lives in island communities

The Healthy Islands Fund (HIF) is a ÂŁ1.3 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 supports 56 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.

Funded Projects

The 56 successful Healthy Island Fund Projects delivered on 35 islands will support island communities to engage in healthy lifestyle choices and in turn support their physical and mental wellbeing.  The Healthy Islands Fund supports the aims and outcomes of the National Islands Plan and builds on the work of the Scottish Government’s Island Communities Fund.

They will contribute to Scotland’s fair and just transition to net zero, to climate-resilient living on islands, and to a broad range of Scottish Government policies, through inclusive growth and Community Wealth Building approaches.  The projects are incredibly diverse: from multi-generational activities, accessible walkways, promotion & participation in outdoor activities, locally grown produce and mental wellness.


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