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Rural Enterprise News: 2 November

We’ve entered the last few months of the year and we know things continue to be difficult for rural businesses and communities. We hope you find the events, news and opportunities in this blog helpful and informative as always.

Highlands and Islands Community Climate Action Fund: Small grants of up to £500 for community groups are available with this rolling monthly fund from The Climate Hub. Applications must be based in the Highlands or Northern Isles and be for the development of a climate action project. Find out more here.

2022 Perthshire Rural Centres — Operator Survey: The Retail Group, on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council, is undertaking health checks of rural centres across Perthshire. They are interested in recent and current trading patterns. Share your views in the survey here.

The Community Investment Fund 2022/23: This fund for community-led projects which tackle inequality and improve quality of life across Perth and Kinross is closing on the 4 November. Find out more and apply here.

Cost of Living Community Fund: Now open for applications, this Perth and Kinross Council fund has been designed to support groups and organisations who are providing an existing or new cost of living support service in the community, such as providing a warm space for activities. Find out more here.

3rd Sector Cost of Living Conference: Perth CAB are hosting a conference on the Cost of Living for volunteers, trustees and staff from the Perth and Kinross 3rd Sector. The conference will include a range of workshops and a Q&A panel. Takes place Friday the 4th of November at Perth Concert Hall. Find out more and book here.

Argyll and Bute Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme: This support programme for micro, small or medium sized businesses in the area can include specialist advice on a range of topics and 50% grant funding of up to £10,000. Applications close on the 5th of December, find out more here.

Inclusive Innovation Awards: This competition is for micro, small or medium sized enterprises who are using their businesses as a force for good — developing innovations centred on equality, diversity and inclusion in their design and development. Closes Wednesday 9 November 2022 11:00am. Find out more here.

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