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Groups in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh ward of Highland Council invited to apply for funding of up to £5000 to help plug Covid-19 crisis gaps


By Hector MacKenzie

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Cllr Ian Cockburn: 'We also know that people living in communities are best placed to have identified what worked'.
Cllr Ian Cockburn: 'We also know that people living in communities are best placed to have identified what worked'.

Groups from across the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh ward of Highland Council are being invited to apply for a “financial Covid booster” through a share of the local community fund.

Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh area committee members previously agreed to allocate £60,000 to be invested in community-led projects being delivered by local constituted groups.

The fund has been set up to help strengthen communities where Covid-19 has exposed gaps

The second of two rounds of funding is now open for groups in Ward 5 to apply for up to £5000 of support.

Chairman of the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh committee, Councillor Ian Cockburn, said: “The Highland Council is very aware, and hugely appreciative, of the wide range of voluntary groups and organisations who have played such a valuable role in the humanitarian response to Covid-19.

"We also know that people living in communities are best placed to have identified what worked, what didn’t and what is needed to build a stronger, more resilient community. I would encourage all groups to get their applications submitted before the closing date of January 10, 2022.”

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 second round is now open for applications from constituted community groups, with a closing date of Monday, January 10.

The application form is the same one used for the Highland Council ward discretionary fund and can be found on the Highland Council website.

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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