Innovation

The Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund (RCIA) is a £1.5 million investment from the Scottish Government to encourage and support innovative approaches to community-led local development in rural communities across Scotland. If you've not applied yet, here's what you need to know.

The North and South Aberdeenshire Local Action Groups and the North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group have been marking the successful completion of the 2014-2020 Community Led Local Development Programmes. 

A Green Rural Recovery: Sustainable Natural Economies of Canada & Scotland

This 90-min webinar will feature renowned scientists from Scotland and Canada, presenting on greener agricultural systems and examining how new technology is being used to boost the natural economy.

Among the speakers will be Professor Rainer Roehe from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), who will talk about his research into the mitigation of methane emissions from beef cattle, and Prof Asim Biswas from the University of Guelph, who will discuss the use of smart farming techniques in Ontario’s grain production.

ONLINE FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS

How  would  you reimagine life,  the  future for  our  beautiful  country  and  for  our planet?  

Scottish Agritourism Conference

Scottish Agritourism Conference will bring together everyone interested in the development of agritourism in Scotland.

The conference is set to welcome;

Not-for-profit community groups in rural areas can now apply for funding of up to £50,000, to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities.

Tens of thousands of rural and island homes and businesses in Scotland are set to access the UK’s fastest and most reliable broadband.

Scottish Government investment of £384 million through the Reaching 100% programme (R100) will see building of full fibre connections begin in September 2021 around Oban, Argyll and Bute, and Portlethen and Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire.

Women's Enterprise Network

The latest lunchtime catch-up from the Women's Enterprise Network is your chance to meet Becca Flory, who'll be joining live from Ruby the vintage van and bookshop.

A £25 million fund will help businesses utilise digital technologies and enhance workforce skills.

The DigitalBoost Fund offers small to medium-sized businesses grants, on a 50/50 investment basis, worth between £2,500 and £20,000.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.5 million to support innovative micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to carry out international feasibility studies.

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