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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Rural and Island Community Groups encouraged to apply for £1.5 million SNP Government Fund

Not-for-profit community groups in rural and island areas will soon be able to apply for funding of up to £50,000 to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities, from a £1.5 million SNP Government fund.

The Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund is supported by £1.5 million of SNP Government funding and will be delivered in partnership with Inspiring Scotland. It will allow applicants to take forward ideas that will test change while linking community action with addressing local issues.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“I encourage local community groups to apply with innovative projects that can make Arran or Cumbrae and the mainland greener and fairer. Projects will also need to show how they will include people especially those who are harder to reach or who are remote from or less often involved in community activity.

“The aim is to learn about what does and doesn’t work in rural communities and why, so the SNP Government can use this information to influence future policy.”

The fund, which is being administered by Inspiring Scotland, is now open for applications and will close on Friday 08 October at 12 noon.

For more information and to apply, visit the Rural Communities into Action Fund website.

There are two strands of funding available:-

  • Small Grants of up to £3,000 for grassroots rural groups or organisations to support community projects that fit with local needs and are locally led. The process for applying for this funding has been simplified to make it easy for unincorporated groups to apply and both capital and expenditure costs are eligible.

  • Large Grants of between £3,001 and £50,000 for not for profit organisations to invest in community led initiatives that respond to local need. Again, capital and revenue costs are eligible and these can be delivered in partnership with other local organisations.


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