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Deadline looms for rural cash fund applications


By Alan Beresford

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THERE is still time for north-east rural community groups to apply for a funding boost from the Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund (RCIA).

Rural community groups can still apply for RCIA funding.
Rural community groups can still apply for RCIA funding.

The fund is a £1.5 million investment from the Scottish Government to encourage and support innovative approaches to community-led local development in rural communities across Scotland.

Two strands of funding are available; small grants for projects up to £3,000 and large grants for projects £3,001-£50,000. Projects funded will contribute positively to local people and local priorities, helping rural communities to thrive through community-led initiatives.

RCIA outcomes are: Rural communities will have the opportunity to try out different approaches to local community development; Groups and organisations, not funded by Tranche 1 of the Rural Communities Testing Change Fund, will build connections with the rural Community Led Local Development sector; Rural groups and organisations will work collectively to make positive changes in their communities; A body of evidence, insights and learning will be collated to help inform future rural Community Led Local Development policy and programmes.

The closing date is midday Friday, October 8.

For more information, and to apply, visit https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk



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