HIE's National Strengthening Communities Conference took place on 21-22 September 2017
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.
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.
Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) is a new £5 million initiative to help kick-start community led broadband projects in rural communities.
Read about HIE's approach to supporting the use of Gaelic and other indigenous languages as assets to generate economic and social benefits for the region.
HIE is committed to raising awareness and directly supporting the important social and economic role that social enterprise delivers.
HIE works with communities and partners across the region to support community energy developments. We have been involved in leading and supporting the growth of the community energy sector in Scotland since 2002.
We invest in and support communities to deliver a wide range of cultural, arts and heritage activities. Through account management, we support businesses and social enterprises in this sector to grow and develop.
Agriculture is a key contributor to the rural economy and has important links to other important sectors, most notably food and drink.
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.
Guidance for community organisations on managing funds generated from renewable energy projects; information about SCDC's Supporting Communities package; and our partnership with Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS).
The Community Empowerment Act makes it easier for communities in Scotland to take over land or buildings that are currently in public ownership.