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New funding opportunity for rural groups

20 September 2022

New funding opportunity for rural groups

Rural community groups can now apply for funding to deliver community led solutions in their area, through a newly announced £3m fund delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland.

This is the second part of an £11.6m funding package confirmed in this year’s Scottish budget, to continue to refine and test new approaches to Community Led Local Development.

Two strands of funding are available - small grants for projects up to £5,000 and large grants of between £5,001 and £100,000 – and any projects funded will have to demonstrate that they can contribute positively to local people and local priorities.

The small grants of up to £5,000 are for grassroots rural groups or organisations to support community projects that fit with local needs and are locally led. The application process has been simplified to make it easy for unincorporated groups to apply and both capital and revenue costs are eligible. Large Grants of between £5,001 and £100,000 are for incorporated not-for-profit organisations to invest in community-led initiatives that respond to local need. Capital and revenue costs are eligible, and projects can be delivered in partnership with other local organisations.

You can find out more on the Inspiring Scotland website, and the deadline for expressions of interest is 10th October.