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Environmental community projects in Central Scotland working to improve their local greenspace could be given a cash boost following today's launch of this year’s grant funding from the Central Scotland Green Network’s (CSGN) Community Projects Fund.

The CSGN Community Projects Fund, supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, provides one-off grants of up to £2,000 and aims to encourage work at a grass-roots level to deliver green network enhancements on the ground, as well as increase community use of local greenspace.

All projects must be carried out within the CSGN boundaries, with candidates submitting a short application form by no later than midday on 2 November 2012.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said: “The CSGN Community Projects Fund was launched last year and following an extremely positive response, we are pleased to be able to provide further green funding for environmental community projects in Central Scotland.

“The available funding could be used to create new woodlands, maintain or enhance existing greenspaces, organise an event to encourage increased community use, or make improvements to path networks which will enhance access to the local environment.

“It is a great opportunity to build on the fantastic work carried out by the previous successful applicants, as well as help to create an attractive local greenspace which will in turn promote healthy lifestyles and a stronger community spirit within the area.”

Last year, 63 environmental community projects in total across the CSGN area received a share of the £57,000 fund.

This year’s £70,000 Community Projects Fund is being administered by the CSGN Support Unit.

More information about the fund and the online application form can be accessed here.