Scottish government announces £ 1.5million funding for rural community groups
Rural non-profit community groups will soon be able to apply Scottish government funding of up to £ 50,000 to test new and innovative ways to tackle local challenges and take advantage of local opportunities.
The Ideas in Action Fund for Rural Communities is supported by funding of £ 1.5million and will be implemented in partnership with Inspiring Scotland. It will allow applicants to advance ideas that will test change while linking community action to solving local problems.
The fund is part of the larger £ 3million fund announced earlier this year in the Scottish Budget, to carry out pilot projects testing innovative ways to implement community-driven local development (CLLD) by March 2022 .
Mairi Gougeon, secretary for rural affairs, said: “I want to give rural and island communities the responsibility to make things happen in their region. This fund will help communities do just that, allowing them to be creative and test unproven but good ideas.
“We will be looking for projects that demonstrate how they will help make rural Scotland greener and more just. Projects should also show how they will include people, especially those who are more difficult to reach or who are far away or less often involved in community activities.
“The goal is to learn what works and what doesn’t in rural communities and why, and we will use this information to influence future policies. “
Celia Tennant, CEO of Inspiring Scotlandadded: “We are delighted to partner with the Scottish Government to set up the Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund which will support local social action in rural communities. This approach is at the heart of Inspiring Scotland’s ethics, to encourage new ideas, capture learning and support, develop and connect communities. We look forward to supporting successful applicants to achieve the fund’s goals and ambitions. “
The fund will open for applications on Monday 13 September and close on Friday 8 October at 12 noon. Full details will be available on the Inspiring Scotland website when the application window opens.