The Highlands and Islands is recognised as a region where communities take responsibility for shaping their future, where social enterprise as a sector is innovative, strong and growing, where community asset ownership and service delivery are well established and supported, and where unique cultural assets, including Gaelic, play a significant role in creating vibrant, strong communities.
Supporting communities to develop and grow is a central focus for us. Our approach to strengthening communities is threefold:
Creating resilient rural communities will be informed by legislative changes such as the Community Empowerment Bill and the Land Reform agenda.
Delivering national programmes on behalf of the Scottish Government across Scotland is integrated with our Strengthening Communities priority. Community Broadband Scotland brings support to communities to secure digital connectivity, and the Scottish Land Fund, which we deliver in partnership with the BIG Lottery Fund, will create more community-owned assets. Collectively, these programmes underpin the ability of communities to develop and grow.