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'SOS' funding to unlock rural enterprises in Scotland

Enterprising communities in rural Scotland are being offered grants of up to £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to start up community business ventures that will breathe new life into their areas. The news comes as ten Scottish communities are sharing  the first grants from BIG’s Village SOS funding competition.

Each of the successful Scottish groups will receive grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to help rural communities with less than 3,000 people develop plans for enterprising projects that will answer a local need or improve services for local people.

North Howe Transition Toun in Fife has been offered an award of £29,000 for its plans to develop its community bakery business, the Doorstep Bakery in the village of Collessie. The group will purchase new equipment and will take part in farmers’ markets and events to promote their business. This enterprise will employ a consultant bakery manager and provide training opportunities for local people.

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