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Rural Enterprise News: 2 June

Here's your latest news, opportunities and other updates for rural communities, enterprises and businesses:

Digital Participation Survey: Perth & Kinross Council are seeking local views on access to the internet and using digital technology. The Council are keen to understand levels of access, barriers to access, and what could be done to improve this. Take the survey by 10 June here.

Women in Rural Economy Practical Training Fund Video: A new video has been produced for the Women in Rural Economy Practical Training Fund which is supported by Scottish Government and administered through Lantra. Find out how using funding from the Scottish Government helped rural women Julia, Kyla and Judith to build their confidence and skills.

Childminder Recruitment Campaign: This Scottish Rural Childminding Partnership pilot project, led by SCMA, is supporting the recruitment and training professional childminders in rural and remote communities within ten areas of Scotland. It includes free training and a start up business grant. Find out more here.

Aberfeldy Area Housing Survey: Aberfeldy Development Trust (ADT), with the support of the Community Housing Trust Scotland (CHTS) and Perth Kinross Council, are carrying out a Housing Needs Survey. There are three different versions — for residents, businesses and those thinking of relocating to the area — and they are looking for as many responses as possible. The deadline is Sunday 26 June. Take the survey here.

Tourism Toolkit for New Entrants: This toolkit, supported by Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Tourism Alliance, includes resources and guidance to find support through training, upskilling and career opportunities available. Find out more here.

Investing in Communities Fund: Round two of this fund for third sector organisations is open. Find a link to the application portal here. The deadline for submitting your application is Tuesday 28 June 2022 at 2pm.

COVID-19 Economic Recovery Grant Scheme for Outer Hebrides: Grant funding of up to £20,000 for existing businesses and £10,000 for new businesses is potentially available, at a maximum intervention rate of 50% of eligible costs. Find out more here.

Rural Community Engagement Fund: Funding of up to £2,500 is available to local groups and organisations who support and promote mental health recovery from the pandemic in Scotland’s rural communities through community engagement and support approaches. Deadline: 15th July 2022. Find out more here.

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