The community of Assynt are now the owners and custodians of the 44,400 acre Glencanisp and Drumrunie estates, thanks to the amazing help of many groups and individuals working to help us raise the £2.9 million needed for the community to purchase the land in June 2005. We are hugely indebted to all those who helped, through their time or their money, through contributions large and small. The costs of managing and running the estates will continue. All donations to the Assynt Foundation will help towards running costs of the estates, and help towards the foundation achieving their goals for the future of Assynt.
THE BIG LOTTERY FUND
The Assynt Foundation
received £1.6 million from the Big Lottery Fund
, through the Scottish Land Fund
, which was over half of the total purchase sum for the estates.
The Big Lottery Fund
have also agreed to provide a grant that will total £57,500, under 'Investing in Communities'
, through Growing Community Assets
. This is in order to fund the continuation of the post of development manager.
The Big Lottery Fund’s Growing Community Assets also approved a grant of up to £784,997 towards the Glencanisp Lodge redevelopment project, which is still ongoing towards the costs of the Log Building Project element.
The Big Lottery Fund
have also awarded a grant of £8,900 under the Awards for All
programme, to purchase kayaks, a safety boat and equipment for them.
The Tubney Charitable Trust
provided a last minute fast-tracked grant of £550,000 to the Assynt Foundation
, towards the original purchase of the estates.
HIE COMMUNITY ASSETS TEAM
The Community Assets Team, formerly the Community Land Unit, of Highlands and Islands Enterprise provided £605,000 towards the initial land purchase, and are providing a grant totalling £24,000 towards funding the post of development manager.
They have also approved a grant of up to £250,000 towards the Glencanisp Lodge redevelopment project, which is still ongoing towards the costs of the Log Building Project element.
HIE's account management team also continues to support us, with ongoing specific grant support.
SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE
Scottish Natural Heritage provided a grant of £100,000 towards the original purchase of the estates.
They have also given more recent grants towards specific costs such as for a Phase 1 habitat survey and NVC survey of parts of Glencanisp Estate, and for a substantial peatland restoration project.
JOHN MUIR TRUST
The John Muir Trust
gave the Assynt Foundation
a grant of £50,000 towards the original purchase of the estates, and gave the Foundation a further management grant of £15,000 per year, for the first five years of ownership, raised through their Suilven Appeal
They have also given recent grants towards specific costs such as for a Phase 1 habitat survey and NVC survey of parts of Glencanisp Estate, and for our new Diver Hide.
LEADER+, a forerunner to recent LEADER programmes, was a European Community Initiative for assisting rural communities in improving the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local area.
Leader+ provided a grant of £6,300 for 45% of the salary for the initial 1 year placement of the Project Officer position.
Community Energy Scotland (formerly the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company) approved a grant of up to £100,000 towards energy-related parts of the Glencanisp Lodge redevelopment project.
They also provided grants towards the costs of investigating renewable energy options on the estate, including through the CARES and CRESP grant programmes administered by CES on behalf of the Scottish Government and HIE respectively. CES have also provided ongoing support and advice which continues to be invaluable.
The European Regional Development Fund approved a grant of up to £231,220 towards the Glencanisp Lodge redevelopment project including the Log Building Project.
Scottish Power Green Energy Trust approved a grant of £6,382 towards the conversion to a woodchip heating system as part of the Glencanisp Lodge redevelopment project.
Scottish Regional Development Programme - SRDP Rural Priorities contracts are in place for Upland Open Range Deer Management, and for creation of a Strategic Forest Plan to set out management plans for existing woodland on the estates. This is a European intiative administered by the Scottish Government through Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.
A further Forestry Commission Scotland grant of £5,000 was awarded through Highlands & Islands Conservancy, towards the costs of creating the Strategic Forest Plan, including planning of potential woodland expansion on our estates.
The Robertson Trust provided a three year grant towards the Development Manager's Salary, from 2010 to 2012.