Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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A new fund that aims to bring benefits to the Highland and Islands is now open for applications.

The £5m Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), is aimed at boosting projects which seek to benefit the area, including improving the experience of visitors.

The fund will invest in about 10 major new projects which the SNH say will be delivered by 2020.

The funding comes through the Scottish government's European Regional Development Fund programme, with match funding from other sources.

Applications can be submitted from the public, voluntary or third sectors.

SNH say the fund will support interpretive media to promote the natural and cultural asses; infrastructure investment to expand the provision of tourist facilities; improved visitor experience and new products particularly for tourist's based on the region's resources.  

Culture and Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop, said: "Tourism is an important aspect of the Highlands and Islands economy, with many communities dependent on visitors who are attracted to the region by its beautiful landscapes, wildlife, heritage and culture.

"I am pleased to see Scottish Natural Heritage launch this fund and encourage relevant applicants from the area to come forward and apply.

"The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund will target resources accordingly to more remote and rural parts of the region, supporting much-needed jobs and bringing additional economic and social benefits."


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