Project name: Balquhidder Community Broadband CIC
Project Manager: David Johnston
Contact details:, 01877384227
SRDP funding: Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER £15,000
SRDP priority: Social Inclusion & local development
Location: Balquhidder, FK19 8PB

Launch & Information Event for new Agritourism Monitor Farmers

Two farming families are being sought to become Scotland's next agritourism monitor farmers.

If you're interested in finding out more, the new agritourism monitor farm programme will launch at Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond, by Stirling on 28 January from 3 to 6pm. Anyone with an interest in farming, rural tourism and food and drink is invited to the launch event.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for regional food and drink projects through Connect Local's Regional Food Fund.

The next round of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) has opened for applications today (17 January).

AECS is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme. It supports environmentally-friendly land management practices that aim to safeguard and improve Scotland's natural heritage and help businesses adapt to climate change.

Finnish LAG seeks partners for multiple projects

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

Find out more

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. 

In this article from the Scottish Islands Federation you can find out more about the organisation and its work.

The Scottish Rural Network (SRN) recently hosted a visit from a group of Estonian farmers and academics which saw them visiting projects and businesses across western and central Scotland, including Mull.

The SRN put together a programme of visits for the group based on their interests, predominantly sheep farming and slaughterhouses, as the group are in the process of setting up an abattoir on the Estonian island of Muhu.

A new hub has been set up to help farmers set up a connection to go into business with one another.

Crowdfund Scotland Launch Workshop

Interested in finding out more about crowdfunding?

Crowdfunder are running a workshop on Thursday 29 November with their partners to celebrate the launch of Crowdfund Scotland.

This will be an introductory session suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about this method of fundraising and the potential uses for local projects.

They will also talk about the match funding available for projects in Scotland via Crowdfunder and how you can access this.

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