Learning and skills

Managed by NatureScot, the Helping Nature fund is an element of the Scottish Government’s flagship £65 million Nature Restoration Fund.

The fund supports practical nature restoration projects with grants of £25,000 to £250,000. In this latest round of awards, 27 projects have been offered grants totalling £4.1 million.

Projects offered Helping Nature funding include:

VirtRural Careers 2023

The aim of this event is to raise awareness and increase knowledge of the careers available in Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector. The event is open to anyone interested in finding out more about careers in our sector, whether that be career influencers, students, parents or career changers.

Exploring Peer Support Network in Moray - In Person and Online

Do you use your personal life experiences in supporting another person? Are you providing support to another person by drawing on your own lived experience of the same thing? Perhaps you run a support group, provide one to one support, or offer peer-support in another way.

Action to Protect Rural Scotland (ARPS) Winter Webinar Series

Action to Protect Rural Scotland (APRS) is Scotland’s longest established environmental charity being founded in 1926 to protect Scotland’s world renowned landscapes and the amenity of the countryside.

Angus Community Development Conference

Angus Council Vibrant Communities, in collaboration with Angus Rural Partnership*, have commissioned a programme of events for community groups and organisations.

The countdown is on to Scotland’s national smallholding festival, which takes place at the Royal Highland Centre on Saturday 14th October 2023.

Nominations for Lantra Scotland’s 2024 ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) - which highlight the talents of people and organisations involved in the land-based and aquaculture sector - are now open.

SEDA Land Carbon Finance 2: Getting the Balance Right

Nature markets are here to stay, whether we like it or not. Contrary to much current opinion, such markets, which include carbon markets, biodiversity markets, and other emerging ecosystem markets, don’t have to be negative. With the right checks and balances they can open up opportunities for communities who may feel threatened by them. This is something SEDA Land will be exploring in two events: Carbon Finance – COMMUNITY BENEFITS and GETTING THE BALANCE RIGHT.

Today sees the publication of two OECD reports focusing on Rural Innovation -  the 'Enhancing Innovation in Rural Regions: Scotland (UK)' and the thematic publication 'Networks and Rural-Urban Linkages for Rural Innovation'.

GrowBiz, Scotland’s rural enterprise organisation, has helped provide a boost to the wellbeing of Perthshire business owners with a series of specialised mental health workshops delivered over the past twelve months.