Taic trèanaidh & Maoin na coimhearsnachd
The Community Investment Programme has been established to invest funds from the renewables project income back into the community of the Galson Estate. The programme consists of not only funds but also offers advice, training, guidance and aftercare to support the delivery and development of projects.
COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND / Maoin na Coimhearsnachd
You can apply for either a £1k, £5k or £10k fund from the community investment fund. At this stage, only organisations/groups can apply and they must meet the eligible criteria as detailed in the application guidance notes.
The £1k fund launched on 3rd October 2014 and was a successful pilot project. This was followed by the £5k fund on 4th November 2016, and subsequently the £10k fund which opened in January 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of the community buyout of Galson Estate.
The programme will aim to support projects/activities that can demonstrate they will deliver against the wider objectives of the charity.
These objectives aim to:
- Develop skills
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Relieve poverty
- Protect and conserve the environment
- Protect and promote heritage and culture
- Develop and revitalise growing industry sectors
- Support active community engagement
SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS / Pròiseactan Soirbheachail
The Community Investment Fund has prospered since its creation in October 2014 and has supported a large number of projects and organisations on the estate, both financially and through advice / guidance.
The Fund has created opportunities for greater social impacts across the Estate, supporting a wide range of community projects such as Mid Borve Township, NatWest Island Games, Suaineabost Archaeological Project, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, Crossroads Lewis, St Moluag's Path, Taigh Dhonnchaidh, GAIN, and many more.
The photos show some examples of projects that have been supported, along with some of their comments below.