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Third Sector (Cafe, Visitor Attraction, Catering Service)
The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust launched in 2011 and covers the districts of Ardgay and Creich.
The aim of the Trust is to ensure that long-term, sustainable benefits are achieved throughout the community and the Kyle of Sutherland area. The Trust will focus on how best to utilise funding from local wind farms and renewable energy projects, while ensuring all match funding opportunities are identified and secured.
A priority of the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust is to oversee the implementation of a local development plan. Focusing on strengthening and uniting the local community through a range of projects. These include, increasing leisure and outdoor activities available to residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and industries including tourism, fishing and food production and increasing education and training opportunities for the residents of the Kyle of Sutherland. The Trust will manage the community development service, ensuring that it meets the needs of the local communities and delivers the plan in an effective and timely manner, while managing a long-term approach to improving the local area.
Through out the years 2014/2015 & 2015/2016, the Development Trust has brought over £550,000 of investment through funding grants. The investment funded six fixed term employment posts based at the Development Trust. The financial year of 2016/2017 shall see the Trust bring to fruition projects amounting to around £3.2million
The projects include two large Development Projects, Falls of Shin Community Project and Ardgay Village Regeneration Project which will reinstate a much loved visitor attraction, create new employment opportunities in the area, remove an eyesore from Ardgay the “Gateway” to Sutherland, facilitate new affordable housing, new business hub spaces and generate income which can be used to fund small community projects.
Funding of £325,000 from the British Gas Health Trust has enabled 2 team members to provide advice and facilitate installation measures to increase energy efficiency measures in households across East Sutherland.
The Scottish Government invited the Development Trust to apply for a second year of funding to continue the Keep Active Together (KAT) Project beyond its initial 1 year term of funding. Year two sees the project employ a full time and a part time member of staff. It also provides very significant income to the local community halls and £12,000 of contracts to local health and fitness providers.
The Development Trust also enables/supports community groups to develop projects and assists with writing and submitting funding applications. Financial years 2014/2015 & 2015/2016 saw the Trust assist community groups in raising £150,000 and generate one additional employment opportunity.
The inward investment to the local area is at an all-time high. The knowledge, skills and experience of the Board Members, Team and Project participants continues to expand and the social impact on the community can be seen through the increasing participation numbers and growing membership of the Trust.