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Rural Enterprise News: 8 September

Here's your latest funding news, opportunities and updates for September:


Scotland Loves Local Fund: This fund has now reopened and will support eligible groups to develop projects to encourage communities to ‘think, choose and love local’ by improving, supporting, and promoting local places and communities. Application deadline is the 1st October 2021. Find out more here.


Scotland Loves Local Awards: Do you know a business or organisation (or an individual associated with one) which has gone above and beyond to support those around them? Nominate them for a Scotland Loves Local Award before 5pm, Friday 10th September. Apply here.


VACMA Funding: The next round of VACMA funding (grants of £500 or £750) are opening up for creatives who live in these council areas: Angus; Ayrshire; East Lothian; Highlands / Moray / Western Isles; Orkney; Shetland; Renfrewshire; South of Scotland. The deadline is October 26 2021, find out more here.


COVID-19 Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund: Round Two of this fund intended to provide support to marine and outdoor tourism businesses who have been significantly affected by Coronavirus is now open. It has a two-strand approach and businesses may only apply to one strand. The two strands are: 1. Marine & Boating Tourism Operators;

2. Outdoor Wildlife, Adventure & Activity Sector Tourism Businesses. Apply here.


The National Lottery Community Fund - Together For Our Planet Fund: £1,000 to £10,000 of funding is available for community-led projects that develop and encourage climate action change. Application deadline is Thursday, 18 November 2021. Find out more here.


Productivity Club Events: The SCDI are delivering ‘Productivity Club’ events through September in collaboration with the Digital Boost Grant and Digital Development Loan programmes. They will hear from two businesses per Club and there will also be time for Q&A and online networking! The dates are as follows:

Productivity Club Central presents: Digital Transformation TalkLinkedIn - 9 September 2021

Productivity Club North-East presents: Digital Transformation TalkLinkedIn -16 September 2021

Productivity Club Highlands & Islands presents: Digital Transformation TalkLinkedIn - 23 September 2021



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