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Caithness News Bulletins March 2005
HIGHLAND 2007 - COMMUNITY PROGRAMME
The allocation for 2005-2006 is: -
The funding formula for 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 will be reviewed at the end of the first financial year.
Applications for assistance are now available from The Highland Council's network of area Community Learning and Leisure Offices or from the Highland 2007 website: www.highland2007.com.
The Programme is split into to two funding streams - one (revenue) for events and the other (capital) for projects.
The revenue aspect amounts to £1.5 million over three years and is funded jointly by the three partners of Highland 2007 - The Scottish Executive, The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It is the responsibility of the Highland 2007 Project Team - led by Director Fiona Hampton - to manage and administer the fund, with assistance of a network of area Highland 2007 Management Groups, yet to be established. The role of each local 2007 Management Group will be to stimulate bids and to make recommendations on which applications should receive revenue funding for this strand of the programme in their area.
The capital element, also worth £1.5 million over three years, is funded solely by The Highland Council. It falls on the Council, through its eight Area Committees, to disperse. The purpose of the capital grants is to allow communities to take forward small projects that will help deliver the aims of Highland 2007.
To keep the bidding process as simple as possible, one application form will be used for both capital and revenue projects, which will then be directed in each area to the local 2007 Management Group in the case of revenue grants, or to the Area Committee in the case of capital grants.
Highland 2007 – Community Events and Projects
What is the Highland 2007 Community
Who can apply for funding?
What can the funding be used for?
Can we apply for both capital and revenue funding for
the same project or event?
Who will make the decision on the applications?
How often will they meet to consider and approve
Can we apply for funding in 2005, 2006 and 2007?
What is the maximum amount of funding we can apply
Do we need to have match funding in place to support
If we already have funding support from the LEC or
from The Highland Council can we still apply to Highland 2007?
If we are unsuccessful, can we reapply for the same
project or event at a later date?
Will we be asked to provide any information after the
project or event?
What do we do if we need more information?
What Is Scotland's Year Of Highland
Culture All About?
While a proportion of that money would have been spent on cultural events and providing new facilities in the Highlands regardless of whether the festival was taking place, the event has helped attract extra funding from the Scottish Executive and national arts and cultural bodies.
Highland Council community development manager Graham Watson said: “The Scottish Executive has not yet announced the revenue sum it will commit but from indications we are looking at a budget of £9-12 million. That will include £2 million to give out as grants to enable communities to develop and run their own events.”
The Scottish Executive has already announced capital funding of £9.5 million, which will help develop a number of cultural and visitor attractions including Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. A matching sum is expected to come from a range of other public agencies, bringing the capital funding to £19 million.
Highland 2007 director Fiona Hampton said the council areas and local communities will have a chance to bid for funding from January. She added: “There will be a range of large-scale national and international events which will be the responsibility of Highland 2007 to ensure that they happen and there will be community-scale events.”
The Year of Highland Culture 2007 was launched in March 2003 after the failed bid by the Highlands and Inverness to become European Capital of Culture. At the time First Minister Jack McConnell said the proposals would ensure that the £330,000 spent bidding for the title did not go to waste.