Green grants available for local groups

Community projects working to improve their local greenspace in Ayrshire could be given a cash boost.

This follows the launch of this year’s grant funding from the Central Scotland Green Network’s (CSGN) Community Projects Fund.

Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, the £60,000 CSGN Community Projects Fund provides one-off grants of up to £3,000 to support small-scale work at a grass-roots level and to foster community engagement in delivering green network enhancements on the ground.

The Fund also aims to increase community use of local greenspaces and is focussed on ventures which will benefit children and young people under 16 years old, or which will involve this age group in the project.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said: “Now in its third year, the CSGN Community Projects Fund continues to go from strength to strength and we’re pleased to be able to provide further support to delivering green network improvements on the ground.

“The available grants can be used for a wide range of activities including tree planting, the maintenance or enhancement of existing greenspaces, the organisation of events or activities to promote and increase community use of local woods and greenspaces, or improvements to path networks which will enhance access to the local environment.”

Last year, 34 environmental community projects across the CSGN area received a share of over £60,000. Six projects in Ayrshire were awarded a total of £10,786 including the Ardrossan Green Spaces 150 Project which received £1850 to create a peaceful community garden, where neighbours could meet and grow their own food on a previously vacant gap site in Ardrossan.

This year’s Community Projects Fund is being administered by the CSGN Support Unit and an application form can be downloaded from its website at www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org.

Groups can apply for grants of between £1,500 and £3,000. All projects must be carried out within the CSGN boundaries, with work being completed by 31 March 2014. The deadline for applications is 28 October 2013.

For further information or to discuss a potential application, please contact Sarah Bowman at Ayrshire Green Network Partnership on 01292 616290 / Sarah.Bowman@south-ayrshire.gov.uk