#VSRP21 Report and Recommendations Published!

2021 Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament Sessions Reports, Recommendations & Recordings Published!

Over the past few months we have been working hard with VSRP21 session curators and are so pleased to announce that report, recommendations and recordings are ready to share. Read them here.

Keep the conversation going on social media using #vsrp21


World first youth dedicated Smart Village has launched in Scotland! 

A partnership between the Rural Youth Project and Smart Village Scotland has witnessed the successful launch of a pioneering, youth-centric Smart Village which will champion young people to collaboratively build vibrant, creative, and sustainable rural economies in the places they call home.

Rebecca Dawes, Director of the Rural Youth Project said: “Smart Villages are a concept driven by the European Network for Rural Development – essentially digital rural ‘villages’ that combine physical and digital communities to improve their resilience, building on local strengths and opportunities. As such, the Rural Youth Project Smart Village now functions as a space where young people across Scotland can access helpful resources, connect with others, uncover employment and volunteering vacancies, as well as having their voices heard.”

The platform, which is exclusively dedicated to tackling issues facing rural young people, is funded by LEADER.  To find out more and register for the network, click here

New blog post: Riding the Waves to Success: Thurso Community Host British Surfing Qualifiers in the run up to the 2021 Olympics

Our Youth Consultant Innes has written his latest blog post on the Team GB Olympic Surfing Trials that took place in his home of Thurso, Highland earlier this year. Read what Innes and Event Organiser, Pat Kieran MBE, have to say here


Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund supports projects that are fighting climate change and building stronger, more resilient communities across the UK and are investing in three key areas:

- Building back better: helping society to bounce back from the pandemic by addressing the health and wellbeing, and economic impacts on communities and individuals
- Climate champions: helping communities to prevent, prepare for and protect against the impacts of climate change
- Financial empowerment: supporting financial inclusion and giving people the tools to become more financially resilient and independent

Any projects submitted should aim to:

- develop a new approach, product or technology;
- implement a new initiative or pilot a new scheme;
- expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group;
- adapt services to meet today's needs without compromising those of future generations

Maximum Award: £50,000

Closing date: October 5th 

More information here

Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.

Closing date:  31st July

More information here.

Creative Scotland Open Fund -Sustaining Creative Development

The fund aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will prioritise ideas and activities that help organisations sustain their creative practice and / or programmes of work.

Amount: between £1000 and £100, 000

More information here.

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

Impact Funding Partners - Volunteering Support Fund 2021-

Funded projects are expected to:

  • Increase diversity in the third sector’s volunteer pool, to particularly include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering
  • Improve governance, leadership and financial knowledge of organisations through the recruitment of skilled volunteers to enhance the third sector's capacity
  • Improve organisational capacity to provide opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering
  • Enhance services delivered by organisations to better meet the needs of the communities they serve

Amount: Up to £30000

Deadline: 27th August 2021

More information here.

Events and Webinars

July 21st: UNESCO National Trail of Scotland Industry Webinar

July 22nd: Scotland: Choose Rewilding

July 28th: The Climate Emergency in Scotland – what can we do about it?

July 29th: Women's Enterprise Network


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

Fish Farm Containment and Marin Mammal Interactions Code of Practice

Shared Rural Network Consultation

Short Term Lets: Consultation on draft Licensing Order
 and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

Scottish Social Housing Charter Review

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

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