If you run voluntary organisation you can now take advantage of the Analytical Exchange Programme.

A new National Strategy for Economic Transformation, underpinned by detailed analysis of Scotland’s economic strengths and weaknesses, has been published.

The strategy contains over 70 actions across five key priority programmes that have been identified as having the greatest potential to deliver economic growth that significantly outperforms the last decade within the current constitutional arrangements.

The next 10 years will be decisive in building a more resilient, entrepreneurial and fair economy, according to Economy Secretary Kate Forbes. 

Speaking ahead of the expected publication of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation, Ms Forbes said the Scottish Government will work with businesses, trade unions, third sector and public bodies to seize Scotland’s economic potential.

Community Learning Exchange - Communities Taking a Lead in Tourism

The first Community Learning Exchange of 2022 will delve into the topic of community-led tourism within rural Scotland. Tourism in Scotland has seen recent unprecedented changes due to the impact of Covid-19 and the growing popularity of travel routes throughout the country. This exchange will look into two rural communities who have been affected by changes in tourism and discuss how they can take a lead in this industry and benefit from it. Funded by the Scottish Community Alliance.

Communities Leading Collectively - Illuminating Leadership Festival

This event will focus on the theme of collective leadership from a community-led perspective. Based on research from a series of case studies with community-led organisations and a recent workshop with practitioners to better understand key themes , this session will delve into how collective leadership can be used within communities to inspire collaboration and creativity.

The North Highland Initiative’s Community Infrastructure Support Programme has been set up to provide grants of up to £1,000 for small initiatives in the community, tourism  and support sectors in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty.

The government’s Omicron business support fund will help cultural organisations, events, museums and freelancers recover from the economic impact of coronavirus restrictions.

£16 million funding for this financial year is being allocated as follows:

Productivity Matters Conference

This hybrid conference with an impressive line-up of guest speakers will examine ways in which organisations can improve their performance. 

A partnership agreement to establish two Green Freeports in Scotland has been reached between Scottish and UK Ministers.

Following robust discussions in recent months, both governments have agreed: