Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER have begun the preparatory work for our next Local Development Strategy and are holding a consultation event to update attendees of our progress and gather feedback to inform the future development of the strategy.
The third round of the Coastal Communities Fund is now open for applications from Scottish organisations.
Grants of over £50,000 are available from the UK-wide fund, which aims to encourage economic development of coastal communities.
In Scotland applications will be particularly welcomed:
The Prince's Countryside Fund is currently open for applications. In this funding round, additional funds are available to help regions affected by recent flooding.
Applications that address the following issues will be considered:
Applications related to recovery and resilience as a result of flooding will need to address the issues listed above.
The deadline for responses to the Scottish Government consultation on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Direct Payments has been extended until 28th March.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has set out plans for CAP reform over the coming months and the next steps in the process. A programme of engagement events will take place in April with industry representatives, with the announcement of final decisions by the end of June.
There is still time to enter this year's Scotland's Finest Woods Awards and be in with the chance of winning a share of the £7,000 prize money.
The awards are open for entries in four categories, with the focus on recognising and rewarding those who manage Scotland's woods and forests to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits.
The Argyll and Bute Local Access Forum (ABLAF) is currently looking for new members. They are particularly keen to hear from people working in the farming/crofting sector and people living in island communities as these interests are currently under-represented on the Forum.
Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing and Director for Scotland of Consumer Futures Trisha McAuley have written jointly to retailers about delivery charges asking them to make sure people are not discriminated against for living in rural and remote areas.
The RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards are now open for entries from organisations and individuals that go the extra mile to protect Scotland's wildlife and natural environment.
The annual awards recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish wildlife conservation. Last year's winners include the Cairngorms Wildcat Project and Larbert High School.
There are eight award categories:
At the Community Land Scotland annual conference held in Skye last June, First Minister Alex Salmond used his keynote speech to announce an extra £3million into the Scottish Land Fund.
The First Minister also used the opportunity to set a target of one million acres of Scotland being in community ownership by 2020; in essence, an aim to double the (approximately) 500,000 acres currently in community ownership.
To encourage more farms to take part in Open Farm Sunday on 8th June, a series of free information events is taking place across Scotland in March.