Are you ready for the Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund?

A new £5 million fund to support people and organisations with their ideas to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands is coming soon. The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund opens in just a month and there is plenty of info to help applicants on our website.

The fund invites project bids which are inclusive and offer sustainable economic growth, helping to retain jobs and sustain populations and services in rural communities.

If you’ve got an idea that fits, then we’re here to help. We are delighted to have already reached 91 organisations stretching from Shetland to Arran, and we’ve discussed the fund in over 50 one-to-one settings.  But we would like to reach even more projects and hear more ideas.

This £5 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money is being made available through a single competitive funding round opening on 14 January 2019 and closing in April 2019. We’re looking to use the money to support around 10 major projects to be delivered by 2022. Projects must be seeking an ERDF grant of a minimum of £250k. The total eligible project costs must be a minimum of £360k.  Projects will only be supported if they demonstrate sensitive management and safeguarding of those heritage assets for future generations.

For further information, a map of the Highlands & Islands area covered by the fund, contacts for further support and everything else you need to apply for a chance to bring your idea to life, please visit our website nature.scot.

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