Jobs boost for 300 rural projects in Scotland
Grants worth £35.7m have been awarded to rural projects in Scotland, creating or safeguarding 900 jobs.
The cash was awarded in the latest round of the Scottish government's Rural Priorities scheme.
A ski complex in Newmilns, Ayrshire, and a woodland mountain biking area in Grantown-on-Spey are among 300 projects to benefit.
Since the scheme's launch in 2008, some 4,850 rural projects have received a total of about £378m.
Other enterprises to receive funding included a young farmer's cattle business in Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire, and a micro-brewery in Cromarty.
The Scottish government said the latest round would safeguard 400 jobs and create 500 new jobs across rural Scotland.
Rural Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "The creation of a further 500 new jobs across the country gives a much-needed boost to local rural communities. This is essential in times of economic uncertainty, when financial challenges become increasingly difficult."
Rural Priorities is a funding mechanism under the Scotland Rural Development Programme, which is designed to develop rural Scotland from 2007 to 2013.