Some 40 jobs would be created if the planned £7.1 million Cnoc Soilleir facility
in Daliburgh goes ahead, promising an economic boost to the south end district of
A community contribution is required alongside a jigsaw of funding applications for
the Ceòlas-led project.
A report said: “The Cnoc Soilleir project has significant potential to regenerate
this area of South Uist and to create, retain and attract much needed jobs and secure
If the outstanding finance is found, it is hoped construction may start this summer.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney recently announced the Scottish Government will
put in £1 million to encourage other potential funders to commit to the project.
A spokesperson said: “This is a real boost for us and we are very appreciative of
the Scottish Government for supporting us.
“The project total cost is £7 million and we are fundraising to raise money for our
A Ceòlas spokesperson said: “The new partnership of Ceòlas and Lews Castle College
UHI are on the threshold of achieving this ambitious project for Uist and we need
your help to make this happen.
“We have been awarded £1 million from the Scottish Government who have always been
extremely supportive of us and we are waiting for news of bids in progress.
“In this crowdfunding campaign we aim to raise as much of the £250,000 as we can
to demonstrate community support.”
They added: “Through supporting this project you will be helping to make Uist an
attractive place for people to live and visit, giving families more reason to stay
in the islands and hopefully stem the flow of young people leaving the island.
“This building will be a game changer, not only for Ceòlas and Lews Castle College
UHI but for the whole Island community.”
The facility aims to celebrate the Gaelic cultural heritage of the island by providing
unique learning opportunities and by hosting events and performances.
A contribution of £3 million has been requested from the Scottish Funding Council.
The investment strategy includes a proposed contribution of £750,000 from the Comhairle.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise is considering an £1.5 million application for funding.