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Scottish Arts Council Backs Highland 2007 With £250,000 For Capital Funding

29th May 2006

Organisations planning arts projects to mark Highland 2007, the year Scotland celebrates Highland culture, will from today (May 29) have access to the Highland 2007 Arts Capital Fund.

The Scottish Arts Council, working in partnership with Highland 2007, has made 250,000 available in capital grants for Highland 2007 related arts projects in the Highlands and Islands. This recognises the importance of high quality arts projects as key to the success of the celebration of the year of Highland culture.

Alison Magee, chair of Highland 2007, said: "This fund will enable groups and organisations across the region to buy new equipment, such as musical instruments or lighting equipment or to undertake small building projects for their neighbourhood facilities. This will ensure a legacy beyond 2007 in local communities throughout the Highlands and Islands."

Graham Berry, chief executive, Scottish Arts Council, said: "Highland 2007 will be a fantastic year in the Highlands and Islands and we want to make sure that every community can enjoy the celebrations. Whether it's through providing professional stage lighting or ensuring good quality sound for performances we want to make sure that audiences have the best experience and leave with lasting memories of their part in the celebrations."

The deadline for applications to this fund is 1 September 2006.

For more information please contact Cathy Shankland, Highland 2007 arts and heritage manager, on 01463 702007. Application forms and guidance notes are available online at www.highland2007.com

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