The Scottish Government has announced that European Union (EU) funding contracts for farming, fisheries and structural funds projects that are agreed before the UK proposes to leave the EU will be paid in full.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced that he will be passing on, in full, the EU funding guarantees that have been offered by the UK Government, providing certainty for over £700 million of EU funding for Scotland.

Mr Mackay said:

Would you consider recording a 60-90 seconds’ video saying why UK seas matter to you and to the economic sustainability of your town/community?

Lantra Scotland is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

Now in their fourteenth year, the awards celebrate the achievements of the country's most talented Modern Apprentices, trainees, school pupils, mentors and secondary schools.

Scottish Rural Action have launched a new rural manifesto ahead of the second Scottish Rural Parliament event.

The manifesto will be agreed at the Scottish Rural Parliament taking place in Brechin, Angus from 6 to 8 October. Around 400 people are expected to attend the event.

The manifesto has been created following a series of events across rural Scotland, and an online survey, with people sharing their views on the issues that matter the most to them.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is to host a series of summits to drive forward the rural economy.

A series of events tailored to industries including forestry, agriculture and other sectors of food and drink will take place over the course of 2106 and early 2017. The first summit takes place on 1 September and will focus on the farmed shellfish industry.

Scottish Rural Action are recruiting volunteers to campaign on rural issues and facilitate workshops at the 2016 Scottish Rural Parliament event.

The Scottish Rural Parliament brings together people from communities and decision-makers from public bodies, NGOs and private bodies, with the aim of improving rural policy and finding better ways of providing services.

The installation of an artificial bowling green and a community hall refurbishment are the first two projects to benefit from funding from the Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.

The Kirkwall Bowling Club will install an artificial outdoor bowling green which will allow assurances of play irrespective of the weather, extending the playing season and increasing the opportunity for members and non-members to use the facility.

Businesses, organisations and communities in Orkney can now apply to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

This new pot of funding aimed at supporting fishing industries and communities is now open to applications in Orkney from fisheries and aquaculture businesses and organisations and fisheries-based communities.

Orkney has been allocated £482,000 by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Scottish Government. Applications will be assessed by a local Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).

Round 4 of the Coastal Communities Fund closes for stage one applications on 17 August.

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Registration is now open for the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 event.

The Scottish Rural Parliament will bring together 400 people to discuss the issues of greatest importance to rural communities in Scotland.

The event will be held in Brechin, Angus from 6 to 8 October and is free for most people to attend.