New Fund Opens for Not-For-Profit Rural Community Groups

Not-for-profit community groups in the north Highlands are being urged to apply for The Rural Communities ‘Ideas into Action’ Fund, backed by the Scottish Government.

The new fund – part of the £3 million Rural Communities Testing Change Fund – invites applicants who have innovative and new solutions to the challenges facing their community.

The Fund is supported by £1.5 million of Scottish Government funding and will be delivered in partnership with Inspiring Scotland.

The fund launched on Monday 13 September and will close on Friday 8 October at 12 noon.

MSP for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross, Maree Todd (pictured) said:

“Locals know their community better than anyone, and we know that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not effective in representing the many unique challenges facing our rural communities.

“The Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund is a fantastic opportunity for local community groups to access funding that will enable them to pilot new ideas and make a difference to their local area.

“I’m a strong advocate for local decision-making and community empowerment, so I’m excited to see the launch of this fund.

“Successful applicants have a real opportunity to change their communities for the better and even influence future policy.

“I would urge any community groups in Caithness, Sutherland & Ross who is bursting with great ideas to come forward and submit an application ahead of the 8 October deadline.”

Full details of the fund can be found on Inspiring Scotland’s website by clicking here.