Community development

Lanarkshire rural communities thrive after LEADER funded Community Action Lanarkshire programme.

With Lanarkshire Leader’s recent approval of the 2018-20 Community Action Lanarkshire (CAL) programme’s outputs, the Rural Development Trust is delighted to share news of the programme’s final achievements and highlight ongoing work to help local communities.

Funding and business support services for circular economy projects

Run by Community Resources Network Scotland, this seminar gives third sector organisations the opportunity to find out about possible sources of grant and loan funding and business support. 

Good governance webinar - Are you a climate confident trustee?

The SCVO Trustees Network in partnership with Aberdeen Standard Capital presents a series of good governance webinars where you can hear from experts and share your own learning and experience to ensure a sustainable future for your organisation.

Rethinking Reserves

The pandemic has shone a light on the importance of reserves (for charities and voluntary sector organisations generally): how important they are for organisations gearing up to meet need or to remain resilient during a crisis, yet how little reserves many have, and how some have been reluctant to use them.

Join SCVO for this one-hour event as they begin a conversation within the sector on this important topic.

Renovating the community shop and post office, Estonia

This seminar will focus on the creation of a cooperative to renovate and run the community shop and post office in Leesi Village, Estonia.

Three Scottish projects are among 13 new rural grant recipients announced by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

A new £30 million fund is being established to support small businesses within the third sector, helping them to grow as Scotland recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.

The fund will be designed to respond to a need for third sector organisations to access loans to help grow and explore new forms of social investment and finance. It will also help support the sector to meet the challenge of the pandemic and to become more sustainable in the long-term.

A report that calls for tackling poverty and inequality to be central to the recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been welcomed by the Scottish Government.

Rural and island communities will be funded to trial initiatives that will improve the future approach to rural community support.

A plan has been published setting out how crofting can be supported to flourish in the future.

The National Development Plan for Crofting highlights the core elements necessary to ensure that crofting continues to play an integral role in rural and island life, as well as delivering policy priorities for climate change mitigation and biodiversity.