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Islands Green Recovery Programme

Helping our island communities

A £230 million Stimulus Package was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance on the 16th June 2020 to help stimulate Scotland’s economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

One of the projects featured in the package is the £2m  Islands Green Recovery Programme (IGRP) (Prògram Ath-Shlànachaidh Uaine nan Eilean). This will be split into four strands and managed by four partners delivering investment in active and low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.

This application and guidance relates to the one strand of the IGRP Inspiring Scotland is delivering which is worth £900,000 and specifically targets our 93 inhabited islands.

Applications for up to a maximum of £100,000 are encouraged from island community groups and businesses for capital expenditure projects that contribute to green recovery and carbon emission reductions.

It is anticipated that there will be support available for between 10-20 projects, including a number of smaller projects (under £15k) as well as larger investments of less than £100k.

The programme is open for applications from Sunday 13 September 2020.

About the programme

The Islands Green Recovery Programme  aims to support communities of the Scottish Islands through capital expenditure that contributes to green recovery and where the coincidence of emissions reductions, the development of natural capital and job creation are the strongest.

Projects must help to build a better, fairer, more carbon neutral economy on the Scottish Islands.

Community led projects, linked to the National Islands Plan, should support post-COVID recovery and build resilience through job creation and/or sustainable employment.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a Scottish island business, organisation or community group.
  • Your application must be for capital expenditure only.
  • You must spend the funding within island geographies, or procure within the islands.
  • You must spend the funding grant by the end of the 2020/2021 financial year.

Read the Information and Guidance Notes for the programme here.

How to apply


To apply for the programme, please complete and submit the online application form.

In the form, you will be asked to complete a pre-eligibility check, then supply information about your organisation and the funding you are applying for, as well as details about the proposed project and the difference it will make.

We strongly recommend you prepare your application after reading the Information and Guidance Notes and using the downloadable Application Form Guidance and Template, then copy/paste into the online form when ready to submit.  You can also use the word count tool to check the length of your answers.

To assist you complete the required financial information, we’ve also created a downloadable Budget Template

Contact Us

For all enquiries about the Inspiring Scotland funded strand of the Islands Green Recovery Programme please email

We’re also on Twitter @IslandsGRP

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