rural economy

Prince’s Countryside Fund

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund will re-open for applications in January 2017. Each year the fund makes £1 million available, and organisations and charities that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and ruprinces-countryside-fundral communities are able to apply for funding of up to £50,000. To be considered for funding, projects need to contribute to one of three countryside issues: Improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses; Sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy; Support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience. To find out more, visit:

Rural Scotland in Focus 2016

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The SRUC Rural Policy Centre has launched its Rural Scotland in Focus 2016 report. The report has three main sections: section 1 focuses on changing land management in the agriculture, estates and forestry sectors; section 2 focuses on reviewing evidence about the characteristics of rural Scotland’s economies beyond the land-based sector and highlights where there are gaps in our evidence; section 3 reviews community empowerment policies from 1999-2016, and discusses the need for data to underpin on-going assessments of whether, where and how these policies deliver. You can download several documents from the SRUC website including the summary brochure, the full report and the individual sections. sruc