Details of the 2012-13 CSGN Development Fund have been released this morning by Forestry Commission Scotland.
Organisations can apply for part of the £750,000 available for projects which promote healthier lifestyles, regeneration and enterprise, and help to join up the network, especially in areas suffering from deprivation and dereliction.
For the first time organisations can now bid for three years of financial support, rather than one year as was the case previously. This new move will allow projects to plan for the longer-term and increase their impact on local environments.
Announcing the funding, Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment said:
“The CSGN is Europe’s biggest greenspace project of its kind and has the ability to make a marked difference to the lives of 3.5 million living in the central belt.
“It is one of our 14 National Developments and is therefore integral to our plans to promote sustainable economic growth and improve quality of life in Central Scotland.
“Through the CSGN, we can create attractive landscapes and increase greenspace to help transform the central belt into a better place to live, work and visit.”
Over the past two years, the CSGN development fund has supported over 100 projects with £2.4 million.
Previous projects have been very wide ranging including community growing spaces on stalled development sites in Glasgow, an employability scheme for young people in woodlands at Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire, a plan to develop the Gartmorn Dam in Clackmannanshire into a green recreational hub and a community forest garden in Pilton.
Information about the fund has been added to the CSGN Funding page.
Full details about eligibility and making an application are available at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/csgndevelopmentfund
The deadline for the submissions of applications to FCS is 12:00 noon on Friday 2 March 2012.