Rural Scotland Needs Your Help
The REDS fund is an initiative led by GrowBiz Scotland, a charity based in Perthshire, founded by local people in a rural community. In partnership with many other organisations, we support micro-businesses and social enterprises across rural Scotland.
From nurseries to food producers, and accommodation providers to artists, we have supported thousands of people to start and build their own businesses in Scotland's rural areas.
In recent months we have witnessed the hardship and suffering experienced by people who have poured years of hard work into building successful enterprises, and watched them collapse overnight as a result of the COVID19 lockdown.
The Scottish and UK governments have provided much-needed temporary funding for many businesses, but thousands of small enterprises and self-employed people still need urgent support to survive and recover. Since lock-down in March, tens of thousands of Scotland’s rural businesses have had to close their doors, with many doubting their ability to re-open.
Though - despite their plight, many of these businesses have played a critical role in supporting their local communities through the crisis.
The REDS fund will provide flexible grants to social enterprises and small businesses in Scotland’s rural towns, villages, island communities and remotest regions - to get them and their communities back up and running.
And priority will be given to young people who want to develop their business ideas to create jobs for themselves and their peers.
We need your help to contribute whatever you can to the REDS fund - and to encourage your friends, families and colleagues to pledge too. Together we can ensure rural Scotland remains 'open' for now and the future.
- To raise an initial £3 million, which will provide critical grant funding to people across rural Scotland.
- To get the thousands of micro-enterprises and self-employed people across Scotland's towns, villages, coastal communities and remote regions back on their feet.
- To help young people with their business ideas.
More About REDS
The REDS fund is part of a wider programme of support being offered to rural enterprises by GrowBiz and its partners.
- To help as many businesses as possible, and to keep money circulating within rural communities, all grants will be distributed on a 50:50 principle: 50% of the grant will go to the applicant business, and 50% to the rural business(es) providing the services required. This could include, for example: contracting a local joiner to provide new fixtures needed for re-opening; or hiring someone to develop a new website for online sales; or even covering the costs of child or elderly care to allow someone to get their business back up and running.
Free Enterprise Support
- Any business applying for REDS grant funding will be offered support with their application and free enterprise support and advice from GrowBiz and our network of partners across Scotland.
The REDS Online Directory
- Every rural business or social enterprise applying for a grant will register on Rural Enterprise Directory Scotland (REDS) - creating a unique source of information on who and where Scotland's rural enterprises are located.
Where Does Your Pledge Go?
100% of all pledges are added to the REDS Fund to provide grants to rural enterprises.
Who Are We?
REDS is delivered by GrowBiz Scotland and its partners.
GrowBiz is an independent charity with more than 12 years of experience delivering community-based enterprise support services. Its community-focused model of support is cited as ‘best practice’ by the European Network for Rural Development and it has won multiple awards for its mentoring programme and enterprise programmes.
GrowBiz is collaborating with a wide network of partners to ensure the impact of the programme reaches every corner of rural Scotland.
Stay informed and join the directory
If you are a rural business interested in joining the directory, or you would simply like to follow our progress in supporting rural enterprises in Scotland then please join the REDS mailing list here.