Innovation

Farmers, crofters and agricultural contractors will be able to apply for Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme from 26th April, which will offer funding for equipment with a recognised evidence base to protect the water environment and reduce the agricultural impact on climate change and air qu

Listen to the latest episode of On Farm podcast where Mairi Gougeon talks with the representatives from the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs about some important issues affecting rural communities.

Take part in PASTORAL research project aiming to develop a digital tool helping farmers increase productivity and carbon efficiency by improving pasture performance and management.

People are to be supported to drive forward innovation and knowledge transfer in agriculture, helping businesses contribute to the green economic recovery by farming and crofting more sustainably.

Applications have opened for the next round of the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) for projects aiming to introduce new and innovative approaches in agricultural practice or improve sector knowledge transfer and skills.

On 2 February 2022, the last meeting took place of the Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group (LAG).

In its 30 years the LAG has overseen the allocation of £11.6 million LEADER European grant funding to innovative projects throughout the Outer Hebrides and additionally levered in nearly £23 million of match funding.

Islands Bond Workshop

The Scottish Government has committed to developing a £5 million Islands Bond fund, providing up to £50,000 each for up to 100 households by 2026, by providing financial support for island residents to remain in their community, or to encourage people to move there.

This year 

The popular Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund has received additional funding to support organisations and groups working with communities. You can still apply on Museums Gelleries Scotland website before the deadline on 18th March.

Scotland's Census is now live and you should complete it by 20th March - you can easily do it online on the Scotland's Census website.

It is important that you contribute to the Census as the information you provide will be vital to help the Scottish Government make important decisions that affect people’s lives and their communities. 

Improving the understanding of the challenges facing Gaelic-speaking communities and considering wider initiatives to provide more social and economic opportunities for these communities is vital to Scotland.

A Short Life Working Group on Economic and Social Opportunities for Gaelic has been set up and will have representation from a range of sectors with experience of working and living in Gaelic communities.

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