Elite athletes from the islands are being given the opportunity to benefit from a scheme to support them with travel costs.
The aim is to help the sportsmen and women of the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to gain better access to competitive and training opportunities available on the mainland.
Eight people will receive £1,500 per person and the scheme will be available for applications for the 2020-21 financial year from Monday.
Athletes are required to evidence how the grant will improve their performance, provide them access to quality training opportunities and improve their sports or club environment.
Sport Scotland has allocated each of the three local authorities £10,000 with the councils then required to top this up with £2,000 of their own funding – plus the equivalent of £3,000 of management and administrative time.
Stewart Harris, chief executive of Sport Scotland, said: “We recognise the specific challenges faced by island athletes.
“That’s why we are delighted to continue support for the Island Athlete Travel Scheme, in partnership with the island councils.
“By working together we can deliver services locally through the Sport Scotland institute of sport in the Outer Hebrides, while providing additional support to allow talented athletes to travel to competitions and progress in their chosen sport.”
The scheme opens for applications on the council website from Monday. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, February 14.