Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Land Fund is open. The aim of the fund is to support urban and rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.
The Fund offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.
Grants of between £5,000 and £1 million are available to fund the purchase of land or land assets.
The fund is open to organisations in both urban and rural Scotland which are community-led, community-controlled and defined by a geographic area.
Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate that their project will help their local community to:
- achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings
- have a stronger role in and control over their own development
- own well-managed, financially sustainable land and buildings.
Applications that can demonstrate a significant positive impact on the community as a whole will be prioritised. Applicants will have the opportunity to test out and develop their ideas with support from a Scottish Land Fund Adviser.
Applicants can be from one of a wide range of representative community bodies, including voluntary organisations, social enterprises or community councils.
To apply, contact The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland to discuss your idea at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0300 123 7110. If your project is eligible, you will be assigned a Scottish Land Fund Adviser from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who will help you develop your idea and get ready to submit your application.
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