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Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh ward groups invited to stake claim to 'financial Covid booster' of up to £5000 through Highland Council community funding

By Hector MacKenzie

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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-based fund.

At 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.

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

The first 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. 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 September 30.”

Groups who run projects or activities that address one or more of the following four impacts of Covid 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 first round closes on September 30. There will be a second round launching in mid-November 2021.

As part of the health and prosperity strategy agreed by the Highland Council in March 2021, a £100,000 place-based investment fund was allocated to each of the 21 wards throughout the Highlands for the 2021/22 financial year. The fund is intended to enable a flexible local response to address the four harms of Covid-19 which are identified as direct health harms; health impacts not directly related to Covid-19; societal impacts and economic impacts.

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.

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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