Communities in the Highlands and Islands offer a diverse range of resources, opportunities and skills. HIE's ambition is to see every community across the area reach its full potential.

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Our account management approach involves working intensively with a community or social enterprise over a sustained period of time (up to five years) to support and deliver sustainable growth.

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Our aim is to increase the role of communities in the ownership and management of land and assets, and the sustainable management of these resources for the benefit of the community.

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Advice and guidance for community organisations on managing funds generated from renewable energy projects.

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Community Broadband Scotland is a new £5 million initiative to help kick-start community led broadband projects in rural communities.

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There are exciting opportunities available for community groups developing their own renewable energy projects.

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Two new funding support programmes are available to businesses, social enterprises and community groups looking to use Gaelic as an asset and for bilingual marketing. 

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HIE is committed to raising awareness and directly supporting the important social and economic role that social enterprise deliver.

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SCDC support community organisations across Scotland looking to effect change and contribute to the regeneration of their communities.

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HIE works with social enterprises and community clients who have an appetite for growth and the potential to make the biggest contribution to the region's economy.

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Agriculture is a key contributor to the rural economy and has important links to other important sectors, most notably food and drink.

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We work in partnership with Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS), a Scottish Enterprise subsidiary, to support the development of co-operative and employee-owned enterprises across Scotland.

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