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Applications are now open for Scottish Business Cares (SBC) Mentoring Programme.

SBC is offering a 1-2-1 mentoring service for organisations who need immediate support in overcoming challenges brought on by Covid-19.


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A leading expert on town centres policy has urged towns across Scotland to apply for new funding made available by the Scottish Government to support the recovery of local high streets post-COVID. 

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Applications are now open for the Towns and BIDs Resilience and Recovery Fund. Announced by the Scottish Government on 12th June 2020, the funding is intended to support localised response activities contributing to town centre and high street resilience and recovery as lockdown rules are gradually eased. 

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Note: applications for this fund are now closed. The below information is intended for informational purposes only. 

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The Scottish Government’s Communities Secretary, Aileen Campbell, has announced today (12th June) £2 million of new funding to help support the recovery of local communities as coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are gradually and carefully eased. The funding will be administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the national body for towns.

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SBRC - An unexpected side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the cooperation and sense of camaraderie among many communities.

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Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Scotland’s Improvement Districts are sad to learn of the passing of Ian Davison Porter.

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The prestigious national 2020 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were launched online last Thursday (04/05/2020).

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Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland agree new strategic partnership to support Business Improvement Districts during COVID-19.

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The Maybole Regeneration Project has confirmed it has secured £7.5 million in funding and this week (4th June 2020) launches a dedicated website, www.regeneratingmaybole.scot.

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The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their behaviours to walk or cycle as part of their everyday short journeys.

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Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses, one a day for 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday, 5th December 2020.

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NLS - The National Library of Scotland has a vast collection of electronic resources (eResources) related to the COVID-19 pandemic and connected issues. They are available for free to all those based in Scotland.

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The Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has established the COVID Historic Environment Resilience Forum (CHERF) to look at the medium to long-term issues for Scotland’s heritage that are anticipated to arise post-lockdown.

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Welcome to edition eight a series of special SURF e-bulletins showcasing positive examples written by organisations delivering services or providing support to communities across Scotland, whilst we navigate through the current Covid crisis. These special bulletins are part of SURF's re-purposed Covid19 Sector Connector Service, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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