Rural Action Fund

In 2017, the Robertson Trust approved a £120,000 award to Youth Scotland to help provide resources to extend support for universal youth work in rural communities.  As part of this award, £30,000 was restricted towards establishing the Rural Action Fund to support small, volunteer-led groups in rural communities, who (at the time) would otherwise be unable to access funding from the Trust.

The fund, administered by Youth Scotland, makes small awards to enable youth groups operating in rural communities provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people.  The minimum amount of funding is £100 and maximum amount per award is £750. More information on how to apply is available here.

Building on the success of Year 1, the Trust approved an additional £30,000 to support the continuation of the Rural Action Fund in Year 2, which was matched by our new partner, The Gannochy Trust.

In its first two years, the highly successful fund has enabled 5,866 young people to access opportunities in their local communities and will now fund even more rural youth projects.

Now entering its third year, you can access the full Year 1 and Year 2 evaluations from Youth Scotland, including a list of applications/awards and case studies below. 

Statistics from the first two years of the Rural Action Fund.

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