The Highlands and Islands can be seen as a meeting point between Gaelic Scotland and the rest of the world; where cultures and language meet and intermingle creating a vibrant cultural scene; while at the same time helping stimulate creative thought, enterprise and innovation amongst individuals and communities.
Following on from the Ar Stòras Gàidhlig research, HIE has developed Language Innovation Investments, which aim to support businesses and third sector organisations to develop innovative products and services that use Gaelic and other indigenous languages and dialects as an asset to enhance their business and social objectives. The product is equally available to innovation using Shetlandic, Orcadian or Scots.
The product can provide initial investment or seed funding from idea stage to market readiness. The investments made will enable access to expert advice resulting in a suite of new products and services that fully capitalise on the opportunities for enhancing the use of language as an asset and, in turn, benefit the local economy.
The HIE investment intervention rate will be up to 75% for all participating businesses and third sector organisations with a requirement for applicants to commit financial resource and in-kind contributions such as internal allocation of key staff time to contribute to the product/service development, demonstrating ownership and commitment to the development.