The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) is now open for applications.

Help and funding is available for communities, charities, local authorities, housing associations and rural businesses looking to install renewables and get local energy projects up and running.

The third round of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) is now open for applications.

Tourists sites in rural Scotland are being encouraged to apply for a share of £3 million funding. RTIF aims to help tourist attractions and their communities deal with the impact of increased visitor numbers on local infrastructure by helping with improvements like parking areas, visitor facilities and recycling points.

Ullapool jetty
Name of organisation/business: 
Ullapool Harbour Trust
£100,000 from Highland and Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund)

The date for the next Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) Project Assessment Committee (PAC) has been set for Tuesday 4 February 2020.

If you are interested in applying you should visit the Rural Payments and Services website for full information including the latest guidance to be followed when applying. The KTIF scheme is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme. 

The fourth round of funding from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) is currently open for applications.

The Connect Local RFF is a grant to support growth in Scotland's local/regional food and drink sector.

The fund will support projects and initiatives in Scotland which celebrate and promote locally sources and produced food and drink, in line with the priorities of Ambition 2030

Agroforestry Workshop: Practical design for your farm

Agroforestry has multiple benefits for farm businesses and nature, but it’s important to plant the right tree in the right place for the right reasons. Come to this practical design workshop to develop plans that you can take home and carry out.

A consultation has been launched on a potential replacement to a £780 million European funding programme, if Brexit goes ahead.

The current funding programme has invested in key areas such as modern apprenticeship schemes and the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.

The UK Government has committed to rolling out a successor programme to the Structural Funds called the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. However there is as yet no detail on how this fund will operate.

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee said:

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust are currently working towards building a historical and exciting off-road trail covering approximately 16 miles across West Lothian.

The Scottish Farm Land Trust are running a crowdfunding campaign to employ a development worker.

The Scottish Farm Land Trust aims to increase access to land for small-scale, ecological agriculture. They'll do this by acquiring land to be held in trust and rented fairly to new entrants and young people.

Their crowdfunding campaign aims to raise £10,000 to employ a development worker to progress this idea. At the moment the Scottish Farm Land Trust is entirely volunteer-run. 

Applications are currently being accepted for the fourth round of SSE Renewable's Highland Sustainable Development Fund.

The fund is open to non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities across the Highland local authority region, with £1 million available.

Successful projects will have the potential to deliver transformational social, economic and environmental changes in the local area and support long-term community development.