Galashiels roadshow aids access to funding

Funding for rural communities will top the agenda at the free Rural Direct roadshow at Old Gala House, Galashiels next Tuesday (February 28), when a team of advisors will be on hand to help people find out more about rural development funding, and to plan, develop and access cash for local projects.

Those attending the roadshows will also have the chance to arrange follow-up consultations to help them progress their plans.

The event is one of a series of free roadshows led by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations which are taking place across Scotland between now and next month.

Norman MacAskill, head of rural policy at SCVO, said: “Rural Direct doesn’t give out funding but it does offer information and support from an expert team of advisors who can help people find their way through the rural development funding maze.

“In the last three years, the service has helped hundreds of local groups to progress local development projects, ranging from small-scale refurbishments to new builds costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“We know that there are hundreds more out there, wishing to progress new developments in their communities. That’s why we’re hitting the road to introduce our service to people who may not have heard of us and to renew old friendships with people we have already helped.

“We’ll also be giving community groups a heads up about the next round of rural development funding and what they can expect from that.”

Those wishing to attend the roadshow have a choice of two two-hour sessions at Old Gala House, Galashiels – one at 3pm and one at 6pm.

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