Grant funding is available for business groups and local bodies, working in partnership with their local authority, to develop proposals for Business Improvement Districts across Scotland.

A Business Improvement District (BID) is about businesses working together and investing collectively in local improvements, in addition to those delivered by the statutory authorities. These improvements will be of benefit to the businesses involved and also contribute to the wider aspirations of the local residential community and growing the local economy.

A new plan has launched setting out how all those with responsibility for the Cairngorms National Park will coordinate their work to tackle the most important issues over the next five years.

The Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan (2017-2022) will deliver the following long-term outcomes for the National Park:

A range of 'Wee Hills with Big Views' are being highlighted by the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

These hills can be enjoyed by people of all levels of fitness - and you don't need to be an experienced hill walker.

Gordon Watson, chief executive of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said:

A Dunbar farm has been the first to benefit from the Tyne Esk LEADER pot specifically allocated for farm diversification. In this article from Tyne Esk LEADER you can find out more.

Have your say on a plan setting out key priorities for the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park by taking part in a public consultation.

Views are currently being sought on the draft National Park Partnership Plan 2018-2023 which sets out a vision for how the Park Authority and its partners will work together to further develop the benefits the National Park can offer Scotland's environment, society, culture and economy.

The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick has shared proposals to create a National Marine Centre for Scotland.

Working with partners across the country, the new centre will transform the Seabird Centre to explore marine life above and below the waves - including seabirds. The project will cost around £5.5 million and focuses on delivering new and better education and conservation programmes at the Centre and nationwide. The National Marine Centre is a working title.

Project to establish the production of brochures on themed tours

An organisation is sought to lead an initiative, ideally one easily recognised by residents and also workers across sectors in Scotland north of Perth.

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Fourteen projects across Argyll and the Islands have secured a share of almost £612,000 of LEADER funding - awarded to community-led projects that support economic growth and development across the area.

Skiffs, trails and augmented reality. You might ask what these three things have in common.  Well, they were among the many ideas discussed at the LEADER Cooperation Exchange event on 15 and 16 March in Ayrshire. 

‘Awards Season 2017’ is well under way and New Lanark World Heritage Site has reason to celebrate.