Communities

We work with a large number of communities and community groups across the destination. In this section you will find updates on current projects and useful information on funding and opportunities to work together.

 

Funding Opportunity

Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) are proud to offer grant funding for communities. There is a total of £10,000 available to be distributed across our communities for tourism development related projects. Up to a maximum of £2,500 per applicant is available. This fund can be used towards a bigger project if match funding is secured from elsewhere.  

We are looking to fund projects that address the following:
•    Improve signage
•    Promote and support community festivals and events
•    Improve visitor experience
•    Renewable energy 

Applications are open until 28th February 2022, to any not for profit organisations located in the Visit Inverness Loch Ness area.

  • For full details please see the application brief below.

 

Community
Visit Inverness Loch Ness Community Tourism Development Grant Brief 

Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) are proud to offer grant funding for communities. There is a total of £10,000 available to be distributed across our communities for tourism development related projects. Up to a maximum of £2,500 per applicant is available. This fund can be used towards a bigger project if match funding is secured from elsewhere.

We are looking to fund projects that address the following:

• Improve signage (e.g., local trails, cycle routes, village / town centre etc.)

• Promote and support community festivals and events (e.g., marketing)

• Improve visitor experience (e.g., visitor information, local infrastructure, sustainability etc.)

• Renewable energy (towards installing renewable energy measures e.g. solar panels, heat pumps etc.)

 

Applications must include at least one of the bullet points above and give details on your project.

This funding is specifically for organisations or groups working with communities provided, you are not-for-profit and are formally constituted. The fund is not open to businesses.

In the following postcode districts: IV2 IV3 IV4 IV5 IV13 IV63 PH32 This area includes the following Highland Council Wards: 12 Aird & Loch Ness, 13 Inverness West, 14 Inverness Central – excluding the area covered by Inverness City Centre BID, 15 Inverness Ness-Side, 16 Inverness Millburn, 17 Culloden and Ardersier, 19 Inverness South. Please ensure all permissions are in place before applying.

Applications will be open from Tuesday 1st February and will close 9am Monday 28th February, application forms can be downloaded by the button above or by emailing Bryony

Applicants will be notified of their outcome by Tuesday 8th March and grants will be allocated and paid by Monday 28th March. The grant will need to be spent within six months of receiving, at this time a project report will need to be completed and sent back to VILN.

For any questions regarding this fund please email Bryony or use the enquires button above.