Isle of Rum Community Trust - £25,000
A very special place
The Isle of Rum is in the Inner Hebrides, a short ferry ride from Mallaig. Part of the Small Isles National Scenic Area, a Special Protection Area for Birds, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, the island also has 17 nationally important ancient monument sites. This special place is also home to a wee community of 27 people.
Unfortuantely, the island's current population is falling - it's down from 42 residents in 2008 and 11 of the homes are now quite old and expensive to heat. A lack of modern housing makes it hard to attract new residents. But the Isle of Rum Community Trust hopes to reverse that trend.
Since 2010, the Trust has taken care of the management and regeneration of the village of Kinloch and 100 hectares of land. It took over from the government's nature conservation body to regenerate the area and create exciting opportunities for locals.
Build it and they will come
The Isle of Rum Community Trust will use the funding received from the Crerar Trust to build 4 sustainable houses for social rent. The construction is part of a joint project with Marine Harvest, the largest supplier of high quality Scottish salmon. The aim is to provide 4 extra houses for Marine Harvest workers who are building a new deep-sea fish farm near the island.
Currently many shops and premises on Rum are rented from the Trust. Consequently, the Trust is also looking to further develop key businesses, including establishing a broadband provider, a B&B, bike hire and cafe in the village hall, with the aim of attrcting more visitors and hopefully longer term residents to the island. With help from the Crerar Trust, ensuring the future of this small community and incredible island gem is a little closer.