Community development

MSPs have backed legislation that will transform how the Scottish Government supports farming and food production.

The Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill will ensure the Scottish Government can help farmers and crofters to produce more food more sustainably, supporting their essential role in climate mitigation and nature restoration. It will allow for a framework of payments that is responsive to the sector’s needs.

MyParkScotland have announced the launch of the first round of the Parks4Life Community Fund. 

The primary goal of the Parks4Life Community Fund is to support community groups to deliver on their aim in bringing their parks to life and make the best of our parks for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund is once again offering a cash boost to community growing projects across the whole of Scotland.

There is still time for community groups to apply for funding to improve energy efficency in village halls, community hubs and other community buildings. 

On 1 May 2024, the SCVO hosted a conference aimed at those running village and community halls across Scotland. Scottish Rural Network, along with a other stakeholders, funded and support the event with delegates joined us both online and in-person at Birnam Arts to connect, share ideas, and inspire each other.

To help share learning and inspire community organisations, Scottish Rural Network have published a trio of video case studies focusing on rural and island community resources and spaces.

Co-production Week Scotland

Co-production Week Scotland is about bringing people together to share ideas, learning and stories about how co-production puts people and communities at the heart of support and services.

Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Fund  has now launched for new applications for the 2024-2025 session. 

This year just over £400,000 of funding is available for both revenue and capital projects.  There are two funds, the Main Fund, and the Community Asset Maintenance Fund.   

Delivering Capital Projects from Scottish Islands - drop-in series

This event is part of our drop-in event series for Scottish Islands-based community groups to discuss the challenges associated with building on Scottish Islands, share expertise, network, find solutions and suggest policy asks.

The Neighbourhood Ecosystem Fund, which supports community-led project groups in Scotland to design and deliver local nature restoration projects, is now open to applications.

The aim of the Neighbourhood Ecosystem Fund is to help communities develop their own ideas for nature restoration into deliverable actions.

Village halls are often the heart of a community. They are places for people to gather, learn, access services and have fun. Making sure they are well run and maintained is an important but not always easy role, often fulfilled by committed volunteers and workers.