Six projects have been awarded a combined total of £242,000 from the 2014/15 round of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund.
Together the six projects will transform derelict land for the benefit of local communities, improve access to high quality greenspace, and deliver skills training for young unemployed people.
Welcoming the funding, Environment & Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse, said:
“The long-term aim of the CSGN project is to make the central belt a better place to live and work within, by delivering a high quality environment for everybody.
"The six projects that will receive funding as a result of today’s announcement will all have a positive impact on their surrounding communities in Glasgow, North Ayrshire, Fife and Falkirk Council areas. Added to this, some of the projects will directly provide training and employment for young, unemployed people – and this is great news given our desire to support young people into positive destinations.”
The six projects to receive CSGN funding are:
Glasgow: A further £100,000 towards the Camlachie Multifunctional Greenspace project which aims to improve greenspace on derelict land in the east end of the city, close to the Commonwealth Games village.
Glasgow: £59,200 for the Castlemilk Community Woodlands project to provide a further 30 individuals with skills training to improve their job prospects, whilst delivering improvements to the local woodlands.
North Ayrshire: £17,700 towards the Connecting Communities – Kilbirnie Green Network project to restore a number of derelict sites and to connect greenspaces in the town for the community.
Fife: £16,845 to deliver parts of the long distance Fife Pilgrimage Route in and around the settlements of Crosshill, Lochore, Balcurvie and Kennoway and to link them to Lochore Meadows Country Park.
Fife: £28,950 to support the Fife Core Paths and Greenspace Team, which will provide work experience and training for 8 young unemployed people. The team will work on a range of greenspace and path improvement projects in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Buckhaven and Benarty
Falkirk: £20,000 for the Communities Along the Carron Association to complete the Carron Loop project - a six mile walking and cycling route connecting the communities of Larbert, Stenhousemuir, New Carron and Camelon.
The additional £242,695 of CSGN funding is on top of £5.047M which has already been allocated to 119 projects over the past 5 years.