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CalMac funding for Highlands & Islands communities

5 September 2022

CalMac funding for Highlands & Islands communities

Community organisations within areas served by CalMac ferries are invited to apply for financial support from the CalMac Community Fund.

The fund is looking to help people connect with services and each other, and would like to support groups and projects working to tackle the following key themes:

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Addressing issues related to poverty, especially in relation to the cost-of-living crisis
  • Local and community transport

Grants of between £500 and £2000 are available, and applications have to be submitted by 6 January 2023. Applications must be for a minimum of 25% of the total project costs.

Priority will be given to organisations which are smaller in size, for example, with an annual income under £250,000. The fund is also looking for more applications from volunteer-led groups, projects showing connection and collaboration with other groups in their area, and projects seeking to better engage with volunteers.

The CalMac Community Fund was created to make a difference to the communities by supporting local groups to tackle local needs. The fund operates across the following six areas, where CalMac ferries operate:

  • Lewis, Harris and Ullapool
  • Uist and Barra
  • Skye, Raasay, the Small Isles and Mallaig
  • Oban and the Inner Hebrides
  • Firth of Clyde
  • Southern Hebrides

More information can be found on the Foundation Scotland website.