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Rural Enterprise News: 15 July

Your latest round up of news for rural businesses, social enterprises and communities:

Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge: Are you aged 18-30 with a world-changing idea to solve a social or environmental problem? This Challenge is designed to take you from idea to entrepreneur and help bring it to life, while also sharpening your social business skills. Applications are open until July 16th, find out more and register here.

Scottish Government Volunteer Support Fund: This fund is targeted towards organisations in Scotland with an annual income of under £250,000 to enable Scotland’s small to medium sized third sector organisations to recruit additional volunteers to contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project or extending/expanding an existing one, and improve how volunteers are supported in their role. Fund closes 27th August. Find out more here.

Perth Creative Exchange Flexible Workspace Options Available: If you’re part of the creative industries and looking for new office space then Wasps Studios may have the answer with Perth Creative Exchange. Perth Creative Exchange provides vibrant and connected spaces over three floors and currently has options available. Find out more here and hear about its community from the people who currently work there here.

Back2Business Grant Program: Fiserv and Clover, working in partnership, are awarding grants of £10,000 to eligible small businesses from diverse ethnic backgrounds that have been impacted by COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions. Back2Business is designed to help stabilise and grow small businesses, with business consulting services, and financial support for uses such as employee payroll, rent or lease payments, operations equipment and resources. Find out more here.

Care and Wellbeing Practitioners Opportunity: The Care and Wellbeing CIC, a social enterprise part funded by the LEADER programme, National Lottery and Perth & Kinross Community Investment Fund, is welcoming new members who believe in local, compassionate, flexible and personalised help. Please contact or email if you’re interested in becoming a member.

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