The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has joined with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to welcome the announcement by the Scottish Government that the organisations are to jointly deliver the new Scottish Land Fund.
The Scottish Government’s Scottish Land Fund will open to applications in summer 2012. It will invest £6 million over the next three years. The programme is currently being developed by BIG and HIE. Both organisations have a strong track record in supporting communities to take more control of their futures through the acquisition and management of assets. Together the organisations developed and managed the original Scottish Land Fund and the subsequent Growing Communtiy Assets programme which have allowed over £65 million to be invested in Scottish communities over the past ten years.
Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, said: “We look forward to working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to deliver the Scottish Government’s new Scottish Land Fund. Between us we have a wealth of experience in helping communities to take more control of their futures through the acquisition and management of land and land assets and we welcome the addition of the Scottish Land Fund to our existing grant programmes. Over the coming months we will work with HIE to develop a fund that will help to bring renewed momentum to community ownership across rural Scotland.”