Funding for organisations and communities in Scotland to exchange expertise and raise awareness of common goals and ambitions with partners from the Arctic region.
The Scottish Government External Affairs Directorate administers the Arctic Connections Fund to help Scottish communities and organisations to collaborate and exchange knowledge with partners in the Arctic. The fund was established as part of the Arctic Connections policy framework, published in 2019, which reviews links between Scotland and the Arctic region and encourages greater cooperation on shared challenges, with a view to developing joint solutions.
The objective of the fund is to help organisations and communities in Scotland and the Arctic region to exchange expertise on shared issues and raise awareness of common challenges and ambitions.
The fund will support initiatives including (but not limited to) seminars and conferences, hackathons and workshops, community learning opportunities and academic research. Projects that set the scene for longer-term initiatives are also eligible
Applications should be consistent with the key goals, themes and priorities outlined in the Arctic Connections policy framework. Cooperation and engagement with Indigenous communities is encouraged.
Projects will be expected to contribute towards at least one, but preferably more, of the five key outcomes:
- Increased awareness both domestically and internationally of social, economic and/or cultural links between Scotland and the Arctic
- Improved access to transnational networks promoting knowledge-exchange and mutual learning between Scotland and the Arctic
- Development of ideas and solutions capable of strengthening community wellbeing, resilience and regeneration, especially in rural areas and in a COVID-19 recovery perspective
- Increased engagement in the debate on just transition to a net-zero economy and/or sustainable economic growth
- Increased engagement with Indigenous groups and tackling intersectional inequalities in marginalised communities
Projects of particular interest will address one (or more) of the following themes:
- Health and wellbeing
- Gender equality
- Sustainable economic development
- Climate change and biodiversity loss
- Clean energy
- Young people
- Rural repopulation