CSGN Development Fund to Open for New Applications Soon
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are encouraging anyone with proposals for strategic projects that will help to deliver the CSGN to prepare for the forthcoming launch of the latest round of the CSGN Development Fund.
FCS and SNH (lead partners for the CSGN initiative) will shortly be inviting applications for new projects starting in April 2013 and are encouraging anyone with potential applications to contact them to discuss their ideas at an early stage.
The detailed criteria for the Fund are currently being finalised, but new projects will need to show that:
• They are addressing the priorities of the funding partners (i.e. FCS and SNH);
• They will deliver improvements to the green network on the ground by the end of the period of grant support;
• They are addressing a strategic need or opportunity – i.e. with reference to relevant plans, strategies or datasets;
• They will deliver at scale (i.e. projects will have to apply for a minimum contribution from the Fund of £25,000 in 2013-14);
• They can at least match the contribution from the CSGN Development Fund from other sources (of which no more than half can be through in-kind contributions); and
• Project activity would not be eligible through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (excluding LEADER).
In addition, priority is likely to be given to projects that:
• Can show that they are delivering multiple elements of the green network; and
• Can show that they are innovative and will demonstrate to others what can be achieved through active dissemination of the project activities and results.
Projects that are successful in the forthcoming application process will join around 20 existing projects that were successful in the previous round of the Development Fund, conducted earlier in 2012, and which will be receiving funding from April 2013 onwards.
Prospective applicants to the Fund are encouraged to contact FCS or SNH to discuss their early ideas. Full details of the Fund are expected to be announced, and an application form and guidance notes made available, in early December. Applications will need to be submitted by late January 2013 and applicants will be notified of the results of the assessment process in March. Funding for successful projects must be spent by 31st March 2015.
If you have an idea for a project that you want to discuss or a query about the Fund then please contact:
Neil Langhorn in FCS on 0131 314 6529
Arthur Keller in SNH on 0141 951 0853
Your local FCS Conservancy or SNH Area Office