Registration is now open for the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 event.
The Scottish Rural Parliament will bring together 400 people to discuss the issues of greatest importance to rural communities in Scotland.
The event will be held in Brechin, Angus from 6 to 8 October and is free for most people to attend.
The community-led Lanarkshire LEADER Local Development Strategy has been launched.
The strategy sets out the priorities and objectives against which applications for funding will be assessed by the Lanarkshire LEADER Programme until 2020. A new development is the inclusion of part of the North Lanarkshire rural area to the south of Cumbernauld and east of Airdrie and Wishaw.
South Lanarkshire Council Provost, Councillor Eileen Logan unveiled the new strategy at Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) in Lanark recently.
The Scottish Islands Federation (SIF) is pulling together a report on the challenges and opportunities that matter most to Scotland’s island communities and needs as many groups as possible to take part in its survey ‘Meeting the Challenges – Scotland’s Island Communities’.
The Tyne Esk LEADER Programme was formally launched at twin events - the Haddington Show on the 2 July and the Dalkeith Show on 9 July 2016.
Both events were well attended by, primarily, famers and families and the Tyne Esk LEADER stall was kept busy answering questions and entertaining children. LEADER LAG members as well as the staff team were on hand at the stall throughout the two days.
A new agricultural and business training programme has been launched by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers' Clubs (SAYFC).
'Cultivating Futures' will provide access to affordable practical training, business and efficiency training and will include the SAYFC's own leadership programme 'Cultivating Leaders' and an online information hub.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) wants to hear your views on nine big issues in the Park including flood management, housing and economic development.
The Big Park Big Questions consultation has been launched to gather views on the key issues to be addressed in the next National Park Partnership Plan 2017-2022 - a management plan for the Park which sets out a vision and overarching strategy for managing the area.
Almost £550,000 of LEADER funding has been awarded to projects following the first round of decision making meetings with the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Local Action Group.
Funding of £549,901.35 has been awarded to projects with a total value of £1,250,258.26. Supported projects were varied and include both The Whithorn Trust’s Iron Age Roundhouse which explores the history and heritage of the region, as well as farm diversification funding to provide an alpaca trekking experience!
This year's SURF Awards are open for entries in five categories.
These annual awards are open to any regeneration project in Scotland that is currently in operation or has been completed within two years of the September 2016 closing date.
The award categories are:
In Rural Jobs Round Up, you can find out about some current rural vacancies and jobs related to rural development.
Community Partnership - Community Action Plan Support Worker
- £19,000 – £20,000. pro rata
- 15 hours per week (.4fte) fixed term until March 2017
- Home based
The Community Partnership is seeking to appoint a part-time Community Action Plan Support Worker to aid the community action planning process in the communities of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.