Arts, culture and heritage

Community groups can apply for funding towards artistic and visual improvements to their local National Cycle Network routes.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the ArtRoots Fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland. The fund seeks to empower local communities in making improvements on local routes to increase user confidence and make journeys on the National Cycle Network more enjoyable for everyone.

A new fund led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will support projects that encourage visitors to experience more of the unique nature and culture of the Highlands & Islands.

The Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund will invest in around ten major new projects that showcase the local scenery, wildlife and culture of the area. It also aims to benefit communities, with the projects it supports helping to retain local jobs and services.

A new report on traditional music and the economy in Argyll and Bute will be discussed at an event at Dunoon Burgh Hall on 17 January 2019.

The Traditional Music and the Rural Creative Economy in Argyll and Bute, Mapping Report 2018 report was written by Dr Simon McKerrell and Dr Jasmine Hornabrook, from Newcastle University’s International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS).

Finnish LAG seeks partners for multiple projects

The Finnish LAG Aisapari is looking for cooperation partners across several projects.

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A new collaborative project between organisations in the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland has received funding from the LEADER programmes in these areas.

The Between Islands Cooperation Project will be overseen by An Lanntair, the main arts organisation in the Outer Hebrides. An Lanntair have been involved in organising collaborative arts and heritage projects with contacts in the Northern Isles. Activities to date have been small scale and created as part of larger projects. 

Bressay Development Ltd (BDL) have four studio spaces to rent in a large, bright, former classroom.

The studios are in what was the school, which is also home to the Speldiburn Cafe and art gallery, Good As New Shop, community library and a large multi-purpose room (used for workshops, classes, exhibitions and meetings). There is also knitwear/design studio, a resident artist studio and the BDL office using some of the other rooms.

The Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature programme is currently open for applications.

The programme works with you to bring authors from their database into your community. Applications for events taking place between 1 April and 31 December 2019 are currently open. The deadline will be Wednesday 23 January 2019 at noon.

There is still time to book your spot on one of four exciting free project visits taking place as part of the Scottish Rural Parliament 2018 in Stranraer.​

On 14 November you can join groups on the following project visits:

Part-funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and produced in collaboration with social enterprise Earth For Life, this bespoke learning resource will help to connect young people with nature through sustainable foraging. The resource will equip Gaelic-medium teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge and vocabulary for wild plant identification and use.

The project was launched last week at the Royal National Mòd in Dunoon by Angus Campbell, SNH Deputy Chairman.