Not long until the 2021 Scottish Rural Parliament!

With the days slowly becoming longer and brighter, and the continual progress of the Covid-19 vaccine, change feels like it is on the way. At the Scottish Rural Action, we are working hard, alongside our partners, with only a couple of weeks to go until the launch of the 2021 Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament! In this newsletter, we are celebrating the voices of young people- a priority for the team at SRA!

2021 Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament to launch with a Youth Session!

This year the Scottish Rural Parliament is kicking off with a session specifically for rural and island 16-25 year olds on March 6th. The session will be a visioning exercise facilitated by the Social Enterprise Academy followed by a chance for the young delegates to communicate with decision makers/influencers about their visions. Invitees include Maree Todd, MSP for Children and Young People and Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland. 

We are keen to promote this great opportunity to a wide range of rural and island young people so feel free to pass this information on to any young people who may be interested! 

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New blog post: "Living Rurally and being a Young, Climate Activist"

This month, Scottish Rural Action's Youth Consultant Innes has spoken to Holly Gillibrand, 15 year old Climate Activist from Fort William. Since getting involved in the #FridaysForFuture Campaign, Holly has become one of the most well known UK based climate activists, being featured in the likes of The Guardian and was named as the Glasgow Times Young Scotswoman of the Year in 2019, as well as making the BBC Woman’s Hour Power List.  Click here to read Innes's recent interview with her.


Enabling Neighbourhoods & Communities Fund

Coronavirus has had a significant effect in the way we all live and work. It has impacted on how as neighbours and communities we connect and relate to each other. The purpose of the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is to provide small grants to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are connecting and supporting people within their local community. The Fund aims to specifically reach groups who:

  • Have strong local relationships.
  • Help increase the wellbeing and social connections for communities.
For: Community groups, membership groups, voluntary groups, social enterprises, and charities who:
  • Have local people leading the delivery of support/activities for the benefit of their community.
  • Provide support or activities for their community at no charge and/or small fee.
  • Have a volunteer management committee.
  • Confirm any potential profits are used to benefit the local community and/or other charitable purposes.
Amount: Up to £5000

More information here

Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme (Adapt and Thrive Strand)

The Adapt and Thrive Programme aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future. It provides the opportunity, space, and support so organisations can reflect on their current services and determine which areas need to change, flex, innovate, or grow in order to be resilient and successful during and post COVID-19.

For: Charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations that:
  • Are based in Scotland
  • Have had significant disruption to operations and service delivery due to COVID-19
  • Have been financially negatively impacted due to COVID-19
  • Were already in operation and making an impact prior to COVID-19
  • Have a plan (or is planning) to support its community to recover from the health and economic crisis brought about by COVID-19.
  • Reflects the needs of the organisations and communities it seeks to serve
  • Is planning to operate in line with the Scottish Government’s Tier System
  • Will engage with the support from the Adapt and Thrive Programme to create and deliver your plan
Amount: Grants of up to £75 000 and loans of up to £250 000

Deadline: March 31st 2021

More information here

For more information specific to Covid-19 funding, go the SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub.

Events and Webinars

March 3rd 2021: Sustainable Tourism in Scotland
March 5th 2021: Delivering More Homes and Better Places in Scotland
March 9th 2021: Building for Scotland’s Communities: New Thinking for Our Future Places
March 24th 2021: Investment in Rural Recovery: Land and Assets
March 25th 2021: Investment in Rural Recovery - Tourism & Leisure


Consultations are one of the best ways to shape policy of the Scottish UK Governments.  The following are now open.

Climate Change - Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy - consultation

River basin management plans - silage, slurry and anaerobic digestate – improving storage and application: consultation

Increasing the normal minimum pension age: consultation on implementation

See a full list of open Scottish and UK Government consultations.
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