Funding Futures Programme

Calling all young social entrepreneurs, disruptors and changemakers!    If you’re aged 16-30 with ideas to tackle financial exclusion in your community, this opportunity could be for you.    The Funding Futures Programme will help young people turn their ideas into reality.   Alongside funding, here’s what else to expect:   Resources to strengthen your financial Read more…

Rural SEN – 30th May 2024

Our second Rural Social Enterprise Session of 2024 took place on the 30th of May and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Hilda Campbell from COPE Scotland. COPE Scotland is a charity organisation that has been offering free mental health tools and resources to promote mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and resilience Read more…

Future Routes Fund 2024

Heads up!! If you have a great idea on your mind to help young people connect with nature and take action for biodiversity and the climate, applications for The Future Routes Fund are open now. The Future Routes Fund is created by and for young people, supporting projects led by individuals aged 11-26. The aim Read more…

£5 million for the island communities of Scotland

Funds to invest in local infrastructure and fight increasing costs. John Swinney, First Minister, will announce a package of £5 million for the island communities in Scotland while visiting the Shetland.  The funding is intended to support the island communities to help combat local issues and create more opportunities for a sustainable future. The First Read more…

Social Enterprise Census 2024

Take Part in the 2024 Social Enterprise Census! The Scottish Government’s Social Enterprise Census is now live, offering a comprehensive account of social enterprise activity in Scotland.   If your organisation has social or environmental goals and generates income through contracts or fees, please participate! Whether you’re running a community business, providing arts activities, managing Read more…

Community Energy Generation Growth Fund

£1.5 million for Community Energy Projects A new £1.5 million fund is available to help community groups in Scotland start renewable energy projects, like wind turbines, solar panels, and hydro power. These projects can help local communities by reducing energy costs and allowing them to sell any extra energy they produce. This fund is part Read more…

Efficient Email Practices for Leaders: Tips to Stay Organized and Balanced

Managing emails can be a daunting task, especially for leaders juggling numerous responsibilities. Finding a balance between staying responsive and not getting overwhelmed is crucial. Here are some practical tips to help leaders manage their email communication more effectively, ensuring they remain productive and balanced. Click the link below to read the full article and Read more…

Granular Data Fiches

GRANULAR is a four-year multi-disciplinary and transnational project, which aims at generating new datasets, tools and methods to better understand rural areas. By doing this, they hope to gain new insights into the unique characteristics, dynamics, and drivers of change in rural areas. Using this knowledge and their Rural Compass, GRANULAR aim to help those involved in rural Read more…

Social Innovation Challenge 2024 – Key Information

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) is a grant-funding and support programme that seeks innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges of our times.  2024 Theme: breaking barriers to better health and wellbeing This edition will look to support innovative social enterprise solutions that address the core inequalities related to health and wellbeing in Scotland.  However, we are not looking for solutions that are Read more…

Climate Action Towns – Learnings from the Architecture & Design Scotland’s project

Climate Action Towns – Sharing the Learning   Climate Action Towns Report- How to embed Climate Actions in your place  This report summarises key learning from Climate Action towns, introduces the five ingredients for Place-Based Climate Action while sharing the activities in a case study from each of the 9 Climate Action Towns. https://www.ads.org.uk/sites/default/files/2024-03/Learningfromtheclimateactiontowns-report-2024.pdf   Read more…

Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festival: A Celebration of Health & Wellbeing

Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festival: A Celebration of Health & Wellbeing   We were able to support some folks working in community-led and social enterprises to attend Scotland’s Wild Medicine Festivals in Tarbert, Argyll, and Broadford, Isle of Skye. This was in recognition of the stories gathered with social and community-led enterprises in Argyll through our work Read more…

Rural SEN – 26th February 2024

Our first Rural Social Enterprise Session of 2024 took place on the 26th of February and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Beth Mukushi from The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). SCVO is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector. Through their Growing Climate Confidence website, Third Sector organisations in Read more…

Supporting & Enabling Sustainable Communities: An Action Plan to Address Depopulation

This Action Plan newly establishes a strategic policy position for Scottish Government around addressing depopulation and maps a range of new and existing supportive activity being undertaken across Scottish Government and by local and regional delivery partners. The Scottish Government set out actions to take forward at both a local and national level, to address the Read more…

Research into Barriers to Accessing Investment for Ethnic Minority Social Entrepreneurs

Social Investment Scotland, Firstport and Dechomai Ltd have partnered to research into the barriers to accessing investment for Ethnic Minority Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland.   The objectives of the research are to:   Enhance a better understanding of the factors responsible for accessing investment for Ethnic Minority Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland Explore the lived experiences Read more…

Rural & Islands Housing Action Plan

Equality, opportunity, and community are the three overarching defining missions of the Scottish Government, and the provision of affordable housing in Scotland’s rural and island communities is a recognised priority within the Government’s long-term Housing Strategy, Housing to 2040, Scotland’s National islands Plan and also the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and New Deal for Read more…