Funding and advice

Woman standing outside tractor, courtesy of Scottish Government RPID


LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support to communities for rural development.

Scottish Rural Development Programme

Grants and support for economic, environmental and social measures to benefit rural Scotland are available through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

Advisory services

Find out about the Farm Advisory Service and the Connect Local advisory service for the Scottish food and drink service.


More funding information and support

If you're looking for funding and support for your rural business or project here are some of the organisations that can help.

EU Funding Portal

The EU Funding Portal is an online resource for Scottish organisations interested in EU funding and for international organisations wishing to work with Scottish organisations. It provides free information to registered users about opportunities from the EU Programmes

SRN Funding Search

The Scottish Rural Network (SRN) has teamed up with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation's Funding Scotland to provide an advanced online funding search to help you find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise.

The service is free to use and to start searching for funding you must register or login. Please note, this will be different to your SRN login information.

Business Gateway

Practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland.

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Highland & Islands Enterprise (HIE) provides help and support for businesses and communities in the Highlands & Islands.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise provides help and support for businesses.