Taic trèanaidh & Maoin na coimhearsnachd  



Receive up to £10,000 of funding for a constituted group for a project that benefits the residents of the Galson Estate Area.

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 PROJECTSPròiseactan 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. 

Sporsnis - Outreach Project - Aug 17
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CIF Crossroads 3
Habost - Taigh Dhonnchaidh

'Please could you pass on our thanks to the assessment panel for the £1,000 grant money we were recently awarded for our Holiday Club and Footfall youth outreach work this summer.  It is very much appreciated and will allow us to purchase items we were hoping to use in both ventures.'

Ness Church of Scotland, Cross

£1k Fund

'I would like to thank you very much for the cheque you gave me to help with the costs of travelling and competing in Gotland for the Island Games.  Your support was very much appreciated.'

Katie Murray, NatWest Island Games

£1k Fund

'The funding application to UOG was straightforward.  There was no delay in approving our application and the prompt payment process helped to attract funds from other local sources. UOG staff have been very helpful throughout the process.'

Lewis and Harris Auction Mart Ltd

£1k Fund

'The Urras funding allowed the pupils to take part in many activities which would otherwise not have been possible due to added expense.'

Lionel School Parent Council

£1k Fund

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