Money to help with the response to COVID-19 challenges has been announced this week by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Among more than 50 groups promoting Gaelic projects through lockdown, Bòrd na Gàidhlig said on Monday (7 September) that it would be distributing funds in the Western Isles from its COVID-19 support fund.

Horshader Development Group is to get funding to employ a project officer for their Healthy at Home initiative and the Lewis-based Robhanis Theatre Company will be recording a series of Gaelic plays to be made available as free podcasts.

Taigh Dhonnchaidh in Ness, Bragar and Arnol community trust and North Harris community trust are also to receive funding, while East Loch Roag historical society and the Barra group Dannsairean Màiri are also to receive awards, together with money made available to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

The Bòrd’s fund was opened earlier in the summer in response to the global pandemic, with a total of £100,000 initially available to qualifying applicants. A further £90,000 was later added to the fund for organisations to continue and expand their work online, to share resources and training and to ensure they are best placed to recover from the current situation.

Among national initiatives to have gained awards, Tional, the new virtual Gaelic music festival run by Hands Up for Trad, has also successfully applied and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will use its funding to create a new platform to provide the public with important safety information through Gaelic.

Mairi MacInnes, Bòrd na Gàidhlig chair, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for all organisations, and it fills us with enormous pride to witness the benefits of our funding for Gaelic speakers and communities throughout the country during these difficult times.

“A range of projects are now under way and we firmly believe that these will be invaluable to everybody who has the opportunity to get involved with them.”