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Coronavirus Update: 5 May

We hope you all had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, despite the cold and wet weather. This week we have several new funding options, plus other opportunities:

Cairngorms Green Recovery Fund: The Cairngorms Recovery Fund has been established to support the recovery of the Cairngorms National Park, its communities and businesses from the impacts of COVID19. It aims to support projects that create jobs, encourage sustainable growth, protect nature, tackle climate change and directly benefit their community. applications will close on 9 May 2021. Find out more here.

Airbnb Community Tourism Programme: Airbnb is now accepting funding applications for innovative projects that drive healthy tourism. If you are an association or a public institution leading an innovative project in healthy tourism in Europe, they are now accepting letters of interest on an ongoing basis. You can apply for grants of up to €100,000 or for programmatic support. Find out more here.

Highland Employment Recruitment Offer (HERO): If you are a private (including sole trader/self employed) or third sector employer with less than 50 employees in Highland you can apply to the HERO fund. The fund can help with the costs of recruiting and employing someone who fits the criteria, including wages, training, travel and other work-related costs. Find out more here.

The Ideas Fund: The Ideas Fund is a grants programme offering early stage grants of up to £25,000 and larger grants of around £90,000 in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Hull, North West Northern Ireland, and Oldham. It’s being run by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome, which enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing. Find out more here.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Applications for the Awards round for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 are now open. Awards are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development, promoting opportunity through social mobility. Find out more here.

Opportunity to Join the Molke Team: Molke are growing their team in Scone and are currently looking for several sewing machinists to join the production team based in Perthshire, making awesome underwear. This is a full time, permanent opportunity, working 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. Molke is a Real Living Wage employer and the current pay is £9.50 p/h. Industrial sewing experienced is preferred, but training given to the right candidates. More details and how to apply can be seen on Indeed here, or you can contact them directly on highlighting any relevant experience if you prefer.

Perth and Kinross Council Business Rates Relief 2021-22: Relief initially made available for Financial Year 2020/21 has now been extended into Financial Year 2021/22. 100% Rates Relief is available, subject to a successful application being made. The regulations now stipulate that an application must be made rather than relief being automatically awarded. Find out more here.

Caring about Climate Change Webinar: The webinar, hosted by Susan Smith, Campaign Manager, SCVO, will explore why non-environmental organisations should care about climate change, how to start taking steps to reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint, and ways to support your community to reduce its impact. This webinar is part of a new SCVO project that aims to support voluntary organisations to contribute to a fair transition to Scotland becoming a carbon neutral country by 2045. Register here.

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