The Scottish Government has today launched a new fund to tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality.
Community groups and projects can now apply to the £11.5 million Investing in Communities Fund. Grants of up to £250,000 are available over three years recognising the need for longer term planning in some projects.
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:
"We know that the best people to decide how to tackle local challenges are the people who live and work in the area.
SSE's Sustainable Development Fund is currently open for applications in Perth & Kinross and Scottish Borders.
The Sustainable Development Fund supports strategic projects in the regions where SSE is operating. It allows the benefits of the company's renewable energy developments to be accessible to a wider area and is directed to projects that can achieve significant impact in local communities.
The community fund can support projects which:
Earlier this week, Mairi Gougeon announced a newly funded project through the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF), which aims to help farmers by supporting projects aimed at increasing farmers skills and knowledge. To date the Scottish Government has awarded over £5 million to 21 projects through the scheme.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has announced funding for skills and economic development across the South of Scotland.
A former school building which is currently lying empty in Kirkcudbright will be transformed into a Dark Skies Visitor Centre and Planetarium, through the South of Scotland Economic Partnership. With investment of £300,000 from SOSEP the building will also include a childcare facility, a youth activity centre and commerical premises for business start-ups.
April Fools’ Day and three days beyond the set date for ‘Brexit’, seven members of Angus, Rural Perth and Kinross and Fife LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) took the bold step of traveling to Europe. Arriving in Växjö, South-East Sweden, the group spent a busy four days with the LEADER team and LAG members of the Linné-Småland area as part of a knowledge exchange trip.
Last night, as part of the much anticipated NetworX conference held in Brussels, the European Commissioner Phil Hogan announced the 5 winners of the inaugural Rural Inspiration Awards.
The Scottish Rural Network would like to extend a massive congratulations to all 25 finalists, and the 5 overall winners.
The winners were: