Grants are available to a wide range of organisations and individuals for projects relating to environmental quality, woodland cover and recreational opportunities in Central Scotland.
Green projects may apply for a share of £400,000 for the purpose of enhancing woodlands and green infrastructure, boosting active travel and encouraging community growing.
Applicants will be expected to contribute match funding (including in-kind contributions). Funding is available for both feasibility projects and physical projects.
- Minimum total project value: £10,000
- Maximum CSGN Development Fund contribution: 75%
- Minimum total project value: £50,000
- Maximum CSGN Development Fund contribution: 65%
A higher amount of funding may be granted, however, preference will be given (if the funds are oversubscribed) to proposals with higher percentages of match funding (in particular, those with higher levels of cash contributions).
The Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund is made available with funding from the Scottish Government, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Transport Scotland in order to assist the development of projects in support of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN).
The Fund is open to all organisations and individuals proposing projects that will contribute to delivery of the CSGN within the Central Scotland area.
The funding is intended to support the development of proposals for projects that meet the goals and aims of the CSGN and have the capacity to deliver real, physical outcomes.
- Volunteer time cannot be funded.
- Contingencies, profit, anticipated work and costs associated with the submission of applications are not eligible.
- Applications for project activity (e.g. woodland creation and management) from applicants who are eligible to claim grants for these purposes under Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) cannot be supported or match funded.
- Grants from the CSGN Development Fund cannot be made to organisations or individuals where this would breach state aids rules.
Funding is available to all organisations and individuals for support with the development of projects that will deliver CSGN priorities within the central Scotland area.
Match funding is required. Projects can receive up to 75% of the total project costs, with the balance made up of both in-kind contributions and match funding.
Funding from the Forestry Commission Scotland cannot be used as match funding.
The funding can be used for capital and revenue costs.
Projects should deliver at least one of the following priorities:
Trees, Woodlands and Green Infrastructure
- Projects that deliver or lead to woodland creation, management or enhancement, especially for community use.
- Projects with communities that help maintain previously funded CSGN capital investments in woodland infrastructure.
- WIAT projects comprising capital works that don’t have an FGS WIG Standard Cost.
- Formal or informal food growing projects with a focus on community lead activities or engaging local communities and encouraging the Good Food Nation ethos (that people in Scotland are able to buy, eat and serve food that is affordable, healthy and sustainable).
- SNH will supply baseline maps for CSGN showing the key opportunities that the fund will support (and the urban/rural backdrop) in the following ways:
- feasibility studies for routes or major sections throughout CSGN;
- capital works in urban areas for route enhancement and development in urban areas (including signage and promotion, and green network creation and enhancement along routes).
- Projects should focus on improving or creating functional access routes passing through or leading to the development of green networks, greenspace or countryside and associated green infrastructure.
In addition, projects that contribute to the following additional NPF3 outcomes will be prioritised:
Vacant and Derelict Land
- Greening (including temporary greening) of vacant or derelict land registered on the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Register.
- Community growing, environmental or access improvements. These projects are likely to be located in or around communities in the 15% most deprived data zones (nationally) according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
Projects that deliver multiple priorities will be favoured.
This scheme is currently closed. The last deadline for applications was 21 November 2016.
Application forms are available online. There is a two stage application process. The first stage is submitting an proposal form and the second stage is submitting a full application form. Both stages will be competitive and applicants may be invited to submit a stage two application form only if they are successful during the initial stage. The information given during stage one should be detailed enough in order to determine whether:
- the proposed activities are eligible.
- they can be delivered before the end of March 2018.
Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with CSGNT before submitting their outline proposal.