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Coronavirus Update: 1 April

Last week saw the anniversary of the first lockdown in March 2021 a sombre reminder of the year we’ve experienced. The prevailing feeling is one of cautious optimism though, with many businesses focusing on being ready to reopen in April. This week’s blog includes various resources to help with that, as well as some new funding information.


CNPA and Cairngorms Trust 2021 Green Recovery Fund: The Fund will support projects that create jobs, encourage sustainable growth, protect nature, tackle climate change & directly benefit the local communities in which they take place. This is an opportunity to bring forward project and concepts that will take communities and organisations closer towards finding local solutions and ideas for tackling climate change and moving us towards net zero. First phase of funding will open to applications from 5 April and close on 9 May 2021. There is 1 year to complete the projects. A second phase of funding will open in August 2021. Full details available here.


Rural and Island Communities Funding: £3M of funding is being allocated by the Scottish Government to support the development of community-led local development pilots to help grow sustainable and thriving rural communities. Find out more here.


Third Sector Growth Fund: A new fund is being established to support small businesses within the third sector, helping them to grow as Scotland recovers from the impacts of coronavirus. It will have three elements: The Social Catalyst fund, The Circular Economy Fund and The Social Impact Venture Portfolio. Find out more here.


HIT Recipe for Recovery Webinars: These webinars are designed to support all hospitality sectors, including suppliers, and will cover a variety of topics to ensure Scotland’s hospitality industry has the skills, tools and knowledge to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic. Hosted by TV & Radio Presenter Jennifer Reoch, the free series launched last week, with 5 events scheduled for April. See the full lost of dates and times here.



Get Tourism Ready with VisitScotland: Join VisitScotland on 13 April at 11:00 — ahead of the date given by the Scottish Government for the tourism sector to reopen. Tourism businesses in Scotland are being invited to join and listen to consumer insights, marketing Scotland and industry support. Find out more and book here.


Business Opportunity: An industrial building situated on the A93 to Braemar in Rattray, Blairgowrie, is available as a potential business site. There are 3 Units with substantial parking and the location is could be ideal for something like a farm shop, cafe or garden centre. Get further details by calling Roy Sim on 07860 737442, or emailing roy@roysimproperties.com

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