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.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is delighted to announce that it is offering 10 £5000 RTPI Future Planners bursaries to a selection of students who choose to enrol on an RTPI fully accredited Planning Masters in Scotland for this coming academic year.  

Scottish Government has provided grant funding to deliver this bursary scheme.

What this bursary is for

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.

Support is being made available for third sector groups and community organisations through the Scottish Government funded Accelerate programme.

Delivered by Community Enterprise, Accelerate is a fully funded programme providing mentoring and guidance to help third sector groups and community organisations become more financially sustainable.  It offers an average of six days’ free support tailored to suit the needs of the organisations.

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.   

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.

More than 10,000 hectares of damaged peatland has been restored in Scotland over the last year, reducing harmful emissions and accelerating progress to net zero.

Do you have a big idea to help young people connect with nature and take positive action for biodiversity and the climate? The Future Routes Fund is now open for applications.

The Cairngorms Community Led Vision (CLV) Fund has been established by the Cairngorms Trust and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).