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  • The Rural and Island Communities Ideas into Action Fund

    Created: 14/09/2022

    The Rural and Island Communities Ideas into Action Fund is a £3 million investment from the Scottish Government to encourage and enable community groups to design and deliver solutions to local challenges in rural communities across Scotland.

    There are two strands of funding available:-

    • Small Grants: 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: 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.

    Your project needs to align to at least one of these three main priority areas:

    • Rural poverty – especially child and fuel poverty
    • Net Zero and the climate emergency
    • Covid recovery

    Who can apply

    You must be a not-for-profit organisation within a rurally-based community.

    How to apply

    Submit an expression of interest online via the Inspiring Scotland website. You will then receive a link to the application form and supporting guidance.

    When to apply

    Applications close at 12:00 on 10 October 2022.




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