Kate Forbes MSP is encouraging rural groups from across the Highlands to apply for funding from the Scottish Government’s new Brexit Stakeholder Engagement Fund.
The £150,000 fund will help ensure that a range of voices can be heard to inform the Government’s position in relation to exiting the European Union.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said she hoped money could be used to help organisations consider how Brexit affects their own future to plan ahead, as well as supporting communities to facilitate constructive dialogue on the issue.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “No matter how anybody voted in the EU referendum, Scotland has to prepare for a future which currently looks like it will be outside the EU.
“The implications are far-reaching, particularly for the Highlands and Islands which has benefited disproportionately well from EU funding, as well as free movement of people and goods.
“That is why this fund is really important, because it will plan ahead and facilitate dialogue in order to develop policy on the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU.
“Obviously, communities play a key role in planning ahead.
“Like others, I still have lots of questions about the impact of Brexit, as there is still much confusion, but it is important that we plan ahead as much as we can.”