Understanding Social Investment

This workshop is for anyone looking for a greater understanding of social investment, and time to explore the opportunities and challenges in relation their own particular scenario. Come and find out:

Short videos from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER showcase some of the inspiring projects that have been supported by the programme.

The videos highlight the Highland Safari, Scottish Tea Factory, Loch Earn Railway Path and Strathearn Cider Company projects.

In our new video case study you can hear about the Castlebank Park project which was supported by Lanarkshire LEADER.​

Castlebank Park is a local landmark that has been the subject of several restoration projects in recent years. The Lanark Community Development Trust have been working hard at Castlebank and a Horticultural Centre was unveiled in early 2014, with funding from Lanarkshire LEADER.

Crowdfund Scotland Launch Workshop

Interested in finding out more about crowdfunding?

Crowdfunder are running a workshop on Thursday 29 November with their partners to celebrate the launch of Crowdfund Scotland.

This will be an introductory session suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about this method of fundraising and the potential uses for local projects.

They will also talk about the match funding available for projects in Scotland via Crowdfunder and how you can access this.

Topics to be covered:

A newly published report examines the impact of LEADER 2014-20 on rural Scotland.

The Process Evaluation of LEADER 2014-2020 report from Scottish Government's Rural & Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) assesses LEADER 2014-20's economic, social, cultural and environmental impact on rural communities.

Correction: Please note this article has been corrected since initial publication. We had said that the Social Innovation Fund was newly launched, however this is not the case. To clarify, a new round of funding for the scheme has been launched for Highlands & Islands. 

A round of funding for the Social Innovation Fund for Highlands & Islands has been launched.

From creating homes for frogs to discovering hidden gardens in our cities, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is awarding almost £1m to projects set to bring local communities closer to nature.  

The 11 projects will help communities take an active role in managing their local green spaces and benefit from the improvements in health that come from connecting with the natural world.

The new Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will support projects that encourage visitors to experience more of the unique nature and culture of the Highlands & Islands. The fund is part of the next phase of the Scottish Government’s European Regional Development Fund programme, which runs through to 2023.  SNH is also managing another element of the programme – the Green Infrastructure Fund.

Great news! From today groups across Scotland can apply for Young Start funding to help young people realise their potential. Following a brief pause to refresh the programme, Young Start is back with a life-changing £18 million pounds of dormant banks account funding available for projects that involve young people in their design, running and evaluation.

The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme this year launched a unique fund, specifically designed to support Young People. The fund was delivered in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Bridge Community Centre.