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 rural 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: http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme
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.