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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-01796
Asked by: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 22 July 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications to the Scottish Land Fund have been rejected in each of the last five financial years.

Current status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 27 August 2021


Answer

The Scottish Land Fund supports urban and rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

It has a two-stage application process. At Stage 1 groups are asked for basic information about their project and organisation. At Stage 2 groups are asked to complete a full application form for funding for the acquisition of the asset.

At both stages, groups can reapply if they are unsuccessful, so the numbers of 'unsuccessful' applications shown in the table below includes some groups who have applied several times. The 'unsuccessful' category could include multiple applications by the same applicant who may subsequently have submitted a successful application.

The following table sets out figures for applications received and awards made for both stages.

1. Stage 1 Applications received, and awards made

  

Applications

Approved

Unsuccessful

Totals 2016-21

2016 17

108

87

 

21

 

2017-18

91

68

23

 

2018-19

110

81

29

 

2019-20

121

95

26

 

2020-21

89

74

15

     
  

519

405

114

2. Stage 2 Applications received, and awards made

  

Applications

Awards

Withdrew

Unsuccessful

Totals 2016-21

2016 17

35

32

3

 

0

 

2017-18

40

38

3

2

 

2018-19

61

53

1

8

 

2019-20

57

46

1

11

 

2020-21

71

63

2

8

      
  

264

232

10

29