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Groups within Highland Council's sprawling Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh ward reminded of looming Covid-19 community recovery fund application deadline – You've got until 5pm on Monday to stake a claim to up to £5000 from fund to help bounceback from crisis

By Hector MacKenzie

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Groups from across the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh ward of Highland Council have until Monday to apply for a share of the local community-based fund to help towards recovering from Covid.

At the August 2021 meeting of the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh area committee members agreed to allocate £60,000 to be invested in community-led projects being delivered by local constituted groups to address the impact Covid-19 is having across the ward.

The fund has been set up to help strengthen communities where Covid-19 has exposed gaps and applicants can apply for up to £5000 of support.

Groups who run projects or activities that address one or more of the following four impacts of Covid-19 are encouraged to apply:

- The direct harm people have experienced through contracting the virus

- The wider impact on health or social care due to the impact on services and how people can or can’t access these services.

- The social impacts as a result of the measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus.

- Economic impacts

- Projects with match funding will be prioritised.

However, 100 per cent funding could be made available for exceptional projects.

The application form is the same one used for the Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fund and can be found on the Highland Council Website here or search ‘Grants for Communities’ at www.highland.gov.uk

All applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, January 10. Anyone requiring any further information or advice can contact the community support co-ordinator for Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh – lynn.frost@highland.gov.uk

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