Financial support is currently being offered to community groups or companies who would like to make more use of Gaelic language.
The support schemes are very flexible, allowing assistance to be given to a wide range of projects; from bilingual signage for businesses, to a variety of community initiatives.
CnaG Chairman, Kenneth MacIver said: “We have a Gaelic development contract with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and it’s under this contract that we’re able to offer this support. It’s available under three schemes: bilingual signage and marketing; community regeneration; and an innovation scheme, intended to support the development of new Gaelic or Gaelic-based products to the market.
“We’ve been involved in these schemes for a few years now, and we know they’re successful and useful - both to Gaelic development itself, and to the groups who have received support.
“At this stage we have some £60,000 available, and we’d be delighted to hear from anyone who has a suitable project or idea.”
The funding for these schemes ends in summer 2013, but CnaG are looking for applications as soon as possible. The support levels vary from up to 60% for signage and marketing and community regeneration projects, to up to 90% for innovation projects, and with different funding ceilings under each scheme. Full details can be found on CnaG’s new website, www.cnag.org, or by contacting their offices in Inverness or Stornoway.
Rachael McCormack, Director of Strengthening Communities, said: "HIE recognises, and is seeking to quantify through new research, the potential of Gaelic as a significant asset for the economic and social development of the Highlands and Islands.
“These initiatives being offered by CnaG provide an excellent opportunity to increase the contribution of Gaelic, particularly in the region's fragile communities. By creating targets in key growth areas such as tourism and the creative industries the work will also help us assess the impacts projects have in enhancing the resilience of our communities."
Minister for Lifelong Learning, Skills and Gaelic, Alasdair Allan MSP said: “"This is a welcome step which will enable more groups to use Gaelic and help contribute to a sustainable future for the language."
Among the projects supported recently have been an initiative aimed at helping the community of South Uist generate income from local Gaelic skills; and allowing a Lewis historical society to crystallise and develop their plans for a new interpretation centre: