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Islands Green Recovery Programme - Inspiring Scotland

Islands Green Recovery Programme

Supporting island communities

This funding has now closed and the Island Communities Fund launched 17 July 2021.

A £230 million Stimulus Package was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance on the 16th June 2020 to help stimulate Scotland’s economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

One of the projects featured in the package is the £2m Islands Green Recovery Programme (IGRP) (Prògram Ath-Shlànachaidh Uaine nan Eilean). This is split into four strands and managed by four partners delivering investment in active and low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.

Inspiring Scotland selected 21 initiatives to benefit from the £900,000 community strand of the programme.  

Community initiatives

Inspiring Scotland supported 21 initiatives through the community focused green funding strand of the Islands Green Recovery Programme.

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The wider programme

The Islands Green Recovery Programme also had strands managed by our partners at Energy Saving Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise Fund, and Zero Waste Scotland. These delivered investment in low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.

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Case studies

Find out how Islands Green Recovery Programme investment was used to help projects, businesses and local initiatives in our island communities.

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About the programme

Running in 2020-21, 21 initiatives were selected as the projects to benefit from the £2m Islands Green Recovery Programme (Prògram Ath-Shlànachaidh Uaine nan Eilean). These project were wide-ranging, from seaweed farming to environmentally friendly washing for B&Bs and local food production.

The £900,000 community strand of funding managed by Inspiring Scotland sought applications from island community groups, charities and businesses to support capital expenditure projects that contribute to the green recovery, reduce carbon emissions as well as improve the resilience, health and wellbeing for Island communities.

Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

 “These fascinating projects, driven by the ideas of islanders themselves, will help our island communities to thrive, contribute to our work on population retention and repopulation. They will also help create new jobs while also supporting and enhancing health and wellbeing and the development of local supply chains and the associated economic output that comes with this, in line with the commitments set out in the National Islands Plan.

“The £2 million Islands Green Recovery Programme will support a recovery that drives investment that lowers greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the resilience of island communities through investment in: a range of active and low carbon transport projects, environmentally-safe tourism, as well as food sustainability and zero waste projects that support and impact upon the green circular economy and related employment and I really look forward to seeing the positive impacts of these projects.”

 Read the press release here

Background information

The  fund opened to applications in September and closed in October.

Read the Information and Guidance Notes for the programme here.

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For all enquiries about the Inspiring Scotland funded strand of the Islands Green Recovery Programme please email

We’re also on Twitter @IslandsGRP

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