A ¬£230 million Stimulus Package was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance on the 16th June 2020 to help stimulate Scotland‚Äôs economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
One of the projects featured in the package is the ¬£2m ¬†Islands Green Recovery Programme (IGRP) (Pr√≤gram Ath-Shl√†nachaidh Uaine nan Eilean). This is split into four strands and managed by four partners delivering investment in active and low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.
Inspiring Scotland has selected 21 initiatives¬†to benefit from the ¬£900,000 community strand of the programme.¬†¬†
21 initiatives have been selected as the projects to benefit from the ¬£2m Islands Green Recovery Programme (Pr√≤gram Ath-Shl√†nachaidh Uaine nan Eilean).
Seaweed farming, environmentally friendly washing for B&Bs, and local food production are just some of the initiatives to benefit from community focused green funding strand.
The ¬£900,000 community strand of funding managed by Inspiring Scotland sought applications from island community groups, charities and businesses to support capital expenditure projects that contribute to the green recovery, reduce carbon emissions as well as improve the resilience, health and wellbeing for Island communities.
Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:
¬†‚ÄúThese fascinating projects, driven by the ideas of islanders themselves, will help our island communities to thrive, contribute to our work on population retention and repopulation. They will also help create new jobs while also supporting and enhancing health and wellbeing and the development of local supply chains and the associated economic output that comes with this, in line with the commitments set out in the National Islands Plan.
‚ÄúThe ¬£2 million Islands Green Recovery Programme will support a recovery that drives investment that lowers greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the resilience of island communities through investment in: a range of active and low carbon transport projects, environmentally-safe tourism, as well as food sustainability and zero waste projects that support and impact upon the green circular economy and related employment and I really look forward to seeing the positive impacts of these projects.‚ÄĚ
The¬† fund opened to applications in September and closed in October.
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