A second year of funding for Improving Public Access (IPA) opened for applications 21 March 2016. This is part of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme of the Scottish Rural Development Programme.
The IPA option aims to support new and upgraded paths for public use, to help to encourage outdoor activity by the public for health and enjoyment. It is open to a range of public bodies, organisations, farmers and other land managers, and is available across all areas of rural Scotland. It provides for the capital costs of installing paths, together with related items like drainage, self-closing gates, signposts, bridges and boardwalks where justified. A full list can be found in the scheme details.
Projects will be assessed for their benefits in developing connectivity and linkage in path networks, providing a good basic standard of construction, and in removing obstacles to make access more easily available to the public.
AECS applications for the IPA option opened to applicants from 21 March 2016, and closes on 31 May 2016. Applicants must be registered in order to apply. Approved projects will commence and claim in 2017. Further application rounds will open in subsequent years.
All the details on the scheme and how to apply are provided on the website, with Supporting Guidance and ‘How to Apply’ information.