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.

This week, we met with colleagues from the LEADER Delivery Team (LDT), Tyne Esk LEADER and the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) team to support the EU Desk Officer, Egle Puosiunaite, from the European Commission on her visit to Scotland. Ms.

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.

Stirling Business Month: Rural Tourism Forum

Tourism makes a significant contribution to Stirling's economy with world-class historic attractions, diverse local produce and varied accommodation providers.

At this event, you will learn about all of the Business Support on offer for Tourism Businesses in Stirling.


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:

Crowdfunding workshop

Crowdfund Scotland and Tyne Esk LEADER are holding a workshop on crowdfunding. 

It is open to groups/third sector organisations/individuals/social enterprises/businesses from Midlothian or East Lothian with a project idea interested in finding out more.

Tyne Esk are one of the LEADER areas in Scotland in the unique position of having a dedicated Crowdfund Coach.  They wish to share the opportunity as far and wide as possible.



16 UK citizens, including 3 from Scotland, have been awarded Churchill Fellowships to research new ideas for improving rural living, thanks to a partnership between The Prince’s Countryside Fund and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Churchill Fellowships offer UK citizens a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the world and research a topic of their own choosing.

Update 10 April 2019, please note this article has been updated to reflect the extended deadline for applications.

The 2019 Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) round is currently open to applications and closes on 17 April 2019.