SRITC Open Cafe & Chat

With no fixed agenda and no presentations, the SRITC Open Cafes are an opportunity to just turn up and chat about whatever rural mobility issues and ideas are on your mind.

From a social standpoint, the cafes are a chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones as well.

Could Community-led transport be a form of community wealth building? The blog published by Scottish Rural Action explores what solutions and opportunities it can bring to the local communities.

The Scottish Government has announced a £4 million funding package to help improve infrastructure on Scotland’s islands.  

The capital investment will be allocated to the six island local authorities to fund the improvement, creation or safeguarding of locally developed infrastructure projects.

The Scottish Government are running a series of workshops to consult with the local residents on the Islands Bond fund aimed at retention of residents and promotion of Scottish islands as a great place to live.

Visit Scotland are opening a new fund to support businesses which were impacted by the Omicron variant but not eligible for previous funding rounds in 2021. 

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. 

A new National Strategy for Economic Transformation, underpinned by detailed analysis of Scotland’s economic strengths and weaknesses, has been published.

The strategy contains over 70 actions across five key priority programmes that have been identified as having the greatest potential to deliver economic growth that significantly outperforms the last decade within the current constitutional arrangements.

The North Highland Initiative’s Community Infrastructure Support Programme has been set up to provide grants of up to £1,000 for small initiatives in the community, tourism  and support sectors in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty.