Island health and wellbeing groups invited to apply for funding

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Community groups and organisations that promote health, social care and wellbeing on Arran are being invited to apply for funding from the Scottish Government’s Healthy Islands Fund.

The £1.3 million fund is open to groups focusing on health and wellbeing projects on Scottish islands with applicants able to receive up to £100,000 for capital projects or up to £5,000 of revenue funding.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by Inspiring Scotland which also delivered the Islands Green Recovery Programme in 2020 and the Island Communities fund in 2021, both support developing sustainable island economies.

Cabinet secretary for rural affairs and islands Mairi Gougeon said: ‘I am pleased to see this new fund open to support the delivery of our National Islands Plan. The Healthy Islands Fund, which is being delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by Inspiring Scotland, aims to provide islanders with opportunities and services to support their health and wellbeing in a post-pandemic recovery. This might include, for example, the provision of sporting equipment, training for clubs or the delivery of much needed mental health services.’

Celia Tennant, chief executive officer of Inspiring Scotland, added: ‘The Scottish Government’s new Healthy Islands Fund will support our island communities in engaging in healthy lifestyle choices, in turn supporting their physical and mental wellbeing. This new funding stream will build on the work of the Scottish Government’s Island Communities Fund helping our islands to build back greener, healthier and happier post Covid-19.’

The deadline to apply is noon on Friday September 17 and further information, including application material and resources to support applicants, is available on the Inspiring Scotland website at