In 2023 IoSRC funded a new compost system for Atholl House in Dunvegan. The composter is turning the majority of their kitchen waste into something useful. The compost will be used on their new herb beds and also distributed to the local school and the Lets Make Dunvegan Beautiful campaign form early Spring 2024. They have already had 2 local school groups visit to learn a bit about composting and to "help" turn the compost!
In 2023 we granted Waternish Community Hall £25,000 to help with an energy efficiency upgrade and installation of solar PV panels.
Work has started with the project and further updates will be available later in 2024.
In 2023 Dunvegan Community Hall received £4,000 to put towards phase one of their energy efficiency program for the hall. Phase 1 funded the installation of new windows and doors for that hall.
In 2023 IoSRC gave funding to ATLAS Arts to help them set up The School of Plural Futures program. A long-term, youth led, creative learning program exploring climate justice from a rural and island perspective. ATLAS arts will be working with young people living across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh as part of the project.
Learn more about the project here.
In 2023, IoSRC donated some funding to LSHA to support the creation of an ”energy strategy” for LSHA portfolio.
The grant covered part of the costs of a survey / strategy provided by a specialist consultant.
LSHA will be using this to prioritise investment in improving energy efficiency and reducing fuel poverty for tenants.
We also funded the installation of 24 energy efficient velux windows in 8 houses.
In 2023 we granted funding to support the creation of a community garden in Waternish.
The grant funding covered a range of the key items needed to establish the site (fencing, gates, site clearance, shed and a polytunnel).
The community garden is now up and running, providing a variety of opportunities for the community to grow together using the garden as the focal point.
A grant of £1000 was awarded to go towards the cost of creating a sustainable living/work space that is open to the wider community. Eunoia Studio will be a place that creates art in a more sustainable way with a low carbon footprint using traditional techniques and methods and offering educational courses.
We have funded the installation of automatic weather stations at schools across Skye. Despite some challenges with installation during the pandemic, there are now three weather stations now up and running in Portree, Edinbane and Sleat.
With these weather stations we aim to raise awareness of climate / climate change, as well as creating useful data and a resource for schools and community.