Why has Community Land Scotland set up a funding stream for Gaelic?

This fund has been created, with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, to encourage geographical communities to find innovative ways to boost the use of Gaelic in their area.  Community Land Scotland believe in the capacity of their members and the wider community’s ability to find solutions to the challenges that they are facing.

Who can apply for funding?

The Community Land Scotland Gaelic Fund is available to geographically based community organisations or groups that are in

  • The Western Isles
  • Highland Council Islands
  • Argyll and Bute Islands

Are there any restrictions?

The fund is only open to geographically based community land trusts and community heritage organisations

How are funding decisions to be made?

The applications will go through an internal panel and then progress to an external panel for final scoring. All applicants will be informed of the decision made by the panel.

What projects will be considered?

All eligible projects that focus on Gaelic use within the community will be considered. The panel are looking for projects that will ultimately be successful in achieving the priorities and provide the highest value for money.

Applicants can apply for funding between £5,000 and £30,000

Please consider the funding priorities but note that the projects do not have to include all these points to be successful. A project that is very strong in one or two areas will be of more value to the fund than one that is lightly covering all areas.

What are the funding priorities?

See the Guidance for information about the funding priorities

You can see a list of successful applications from Round 1 here

If you believe your project covers a funding priority that has not been included in the guidance, please talk to Chrissie at Community Land Scotland.

What is expected of the applicant groups?

Community Land Scotland expect all applicants to have thoroughly considered the effort and resources required for their project. We expect projects to be:

  • Started on time
  • Remain within the budget
  • Be completed on time
  • Documentation to be maintained
  • Communication channels to be established with Community Land Scotland should any issues arise.

What do you need to do next to apply for the fund?

Please fill in the expression of interest form and e-mail to by 11th January 2021. We do not need a lot of detail at this stage, just an outline of your plans. You will be asked to fill in a full application form later.

Please note that if you put in an expression of interest, you can change your mind as it is not a binding agreement. Chrissie will get in contact to support developing the project idea and completion of the application. This form gives us at Community Land Scotland an indication of which groups are interested and helps us to plan the fund.