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Rural Enterprise News: 6 July

It’s the beginning of a new month, and although we're still waiting to hear about ongoing business restrictions, there are plenty of opportunities to help make your enterprise even more resilient - whatever happens. This week’s blog highlights some useful resources, funding and events:

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme: The fifth SEISS Grant covering May to September 2021 will be open for applications later in July. There is a phishing email doing the rounds about the 5th grant, so if you receive an email about it early in the month then make sure to check the email address it came from and avoid clicking on links. Find the correct information, including eligibility, here.

The Year of Stories 2022 Open Events Fund: 2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories. This will be a year in which stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland will be showcased. The YS22 Open Events Fund has been designed to support new, creative event proposals and programming that will provide content created especially in response to the 2022 Themed Year opportunity. Organisers may apply for individual grants of between £15,000 - £60,000. The deadline for all applications is Thursday 12 August 2021. Find out more here.

Free Rural Enterprise Directory Scotland (REDS) Listing: Eligible small businesses in rural Scotland can now be listed on the REDS directory and sign up for the REDS gift card scheme at no charge. Find out how to make your business more discoverable and help potential customers shop with you here.

STERG Scenario Planning Toolkit: The purpose of this toolkit rom the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group is to help businesses to plan, to work to address many different challenges they may likely yet face through 2021, and to help steer those businesses out through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look here.

Help Shape the Future of Residency Opportunities for Older Artists: Luminate, working in association with international artist residency centre Cove Park and Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan, are seeking three visual artists aged 50+ for this paid opportunity to participate in online discussions aimed at understanding perceptions, barriers and the needs of older artists who wish to apply for residencies. Deadline for applications is Monday 12th July. Find out more here.

New EU VAT Rules: There are new EU VAT rules on e-commerce, which came into force on 1 July. Find out how this will affect UK suppliers selling to consumers in the EU here.

Help shape the future of the Cairngorms National Park: The Cairngorms National Park Authority is currently preparing the next 5 year National Park Partnership Plan (2022 – 2027). Tell us what is important to you about living and working in the Park here.

Enduro World Series Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Be part of the UK’s biggest celebration of international mountain biking when you volunteer with the EWS Tweed Valley Crew during race week – 27th September to the 3rd October 2021. There are opportunities to get involved in all kinds of areas, from course marking, to registration, driving, hosting kids activities, race marshalling and lots more. You’ll also get some great EWS goodies and souvenirs from the event, and receive expenses for every day that you volunteer. Find out more here.

Crown Estate Scotland Boat-Based Tourism Investment Fund: This fund aims to identify investment opportunities to grow revenue and capital value, deliver benefits to coastal communities and support the blue economy, with a focus on ports and harbours; boat-based tourism; coastal development land. Find out more here.

Tourism Businesses: Enhance Your Social Media Presence in 90 Minutes, Webinar: VisitScotland and Business Gateway DigitalBoost are running a series of webinars for tourism businesses. Next up is Enhance your social media presence in 90 minutes on Wednesday 7 July at 11.30am - 1pm. Find out more and book here.

University of Dundee Business Management Internship Module: These modules have been designed to provide students with valuable work experience and provide a flexible solution to take on second year interns for a 30 hour project at times to suit you between January and March 2022. Some examples of placements offered include marketing, social media, content writing, design and linguistics. Find more information here, or if you would like to offer a placement please complete the online form as soon as possible. If you would like to ask any questions about the programme or would like to talk about ideas for your project proposal, please email

CAYAG Renovation Project Development Officer Opportunity: CAYAG is a project which supports young people in the Coupar Angus area of Perthshire. It is located in the Y Hall, a former church, which it owns. To continue providing a wide range of activities and opportunities for young people and the wider community, the Y building requires some repair work and renovation, and are looking to employ a Renovation Project Development Officer. See the full job description here. Deadline to apply is the 23rd July.

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