Community development

Research published today by Scottish Rural Action highlights that ‘thinking, resourcing and acting local’ is the key to enabling recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 in rural communities across Scotland. The research provides backing for the regional approach to economic recovery recommended by the Higgins Report, published last month.

Three small villages in Dumfries and Galloway are harnessing a new technology platform to create a virtual community, bringing together all sorts of information relating to their communities under the one umbrella.

Community Action Lanarkshire, a project of the Rural Development Trust, is delighted after being awarded almost £148,000 in National Lottery funding to continue its work with rural communities across Lanarkshire.

The next funding round of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewables Energy Scheme (CARES) is now open.

Communities, public sector organisations and rural businesses looking to make long term environmental changes and play a part in the green recovery after COVID-19 are encouraged to apply.

A number of Tyne Esk LEADER projects have successfully adapted to the 'new normal' brought about by COVID-19.

Funding of more than £8 million is helping projects to deliver mental health support and wellbeing services for people who are feeling isolated during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding was allocated to 344 projects, who are providing support in communities across Scotland, including to those who are self-isolating or shielding.

The Supporting Communities Fund was announced on 18 March 2020 as part of a £350 million package to help those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Up to £10 million is being made available as an initial sum available to support community anchor organisations, and a further allocation of £10 million has been approved to support the second phase of the fund.

Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER have produced a newsletter which highlights how some of their projects are responding to Covid-19.

Everyone is invited to a Virtual Spring Tea taking place for residents of Carstairs Junction, Sunday 29 March at 2pm, via a Facebook Live video on the Community Action Lanarkshire Facebook page.