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Rural Enterprise News: 18 August

The economic news at the moment makes for grim reading and we know many of you are likely worried about the future of your business or enterprise. Find helpful events, funding news and other opportunities in this blog:

South of Scotland Enterprise Challenge: South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) has partnered with Fuel Change to ensure that local organisations benefit fully from the transition to Net Zero. The partnership will engage the skills and talent of the next generation in the south of Scotland and aims to encourage the development of new, innovative, and net zero solutions. To register a team or individual from your workforce for the SOSE challenge click here.

Firstport Social Innovation Challenge: This programme will award up to £50,000 to support the development of new social enterprise solutions in response to the challenge theme of innovative solutions to climate change issues faced by rural communities in Scotland. Open to individuals, as well as new or existing social enterprises. Find out more here.

Community, Capacity and Resilience Fund 2022: Provided by Scottish Government and managed by SCVO, community-based organisations can apply 2 years funding (up to £8,000 per annum). Deadline is the 26th August. Find out more here.

Inspiring Scotland Training Sessions: Inspiring Scotland is providing individual advice and training sessions for rural and islands organisations who want to strengthen their organisation and deliver more for the individuals and communities they work with. Delivered by Lucy Conway, who has over 30 years of working and volunteering with island and rural community organisations, the 30-minute-long sessions will focus on the needs of your organisation and help you identify a way forward. Select a date and time to attend here.

Steps to Sustainability: Round 3 of this National Lottery Heritage Fund programme, delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy, is now open for applications. The programme is for people who would like to increase the sustainability of their heritage organisation and lead in a way that helps to generate income. It starts in October and there is an information session happening on 23rd August. Find out more here.

If you are in need of help to make a funding application or other support please contact for free 1-1 advice for small businesses, enterprises and the self employed in rural Scotland.

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