Rural services

Cash-first approach will help those facing hardship.

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison has announced an additional £2.4 million in funding to help people struggling to afford food and other essentials.

A Scottish Government-backed initiative supporting veterans on hospital visits is expanding to cope with increased demand.  

Scottish Community Pubs Network Zoom

The Plunkett Foundation is delighted to invite you to their next online networking event for Scottish community pub groups. This evening’s free event is funded by the Scottish Rural Network (part of the Scottish Governments Rural Development Programme) and is open to all community groups involved in a community owned pub project in Scotland whether you are at ideas stage or already open and trading.

Energy strategy to shape next 25 years of energy production.

Caring Futures - Community Learning Session (Crieff)

How could becoming a self-employed carer benefit you and your community? Come along for a friendly information session to find out more about becoming a self-employed carer in Crieff and Comrie.

Growbiz will share information about: 

This year Scottish Rural Network (SRN) continue to support Community Led Local Development (CLLD) through a range of projects and activities.

One of the approaches we’ve taken is to support rural and island communities seeking to develop community assets by working in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation. Their expertise in this areas has allowed us to focus on community ownership of pubs and shops.

First-time buyers and others on low to medium incomes are being encouraged to take advantage of the Open Market Shared Equity Scheme to help buy a home in 2023.

The scheme allows people to buy a home without having to fund its entire cost and is available across Scotland to these people who face particular barriers to the housing market:

SCOTO January Gathering

SCOTO is a network of community tourism enterprises located throughout Scotland and led by a team of dynamic individuals who each have extensive and varied experience in community tourism.

SCOTO Gathering - 'Spending A Penny'

Over 180 diverse projects across rural Scotland, will receive grants ranging from £100,000 to less than £500, from the Rural & Island Communities Ideas into Action (RICIA) fund.

The fund encourages and supports not-for-profit community groups with innovative approaches to community-led local development which include solutions to net zero and just transition goals, tackling rural poverty and supporting rural communities through the cost crisis.

Extending freedom of information: how will voluntary organisations be affected?

Freedom of Information (FoI) is under the spotlight in Scotland just now. This webinar will concentrate on calls to extend FoI legislation to cover publicly funded services delivered by voluntary sector organisations. It will help voluntary organisations to understand the proposals, provide a space to raise and discuss their views, and shape SCVO’s policy positions on extending the coverage of FoI.