Central Scotland projects that breathe new life into vacant and derelict land, boost active travel and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities can now apply for a share of a £500,000 cash boost.

The new funding, from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund, aims to kick start projects which transform the quality of life for people living and working in the central belt.

The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.

The funding announcement was made by Environment & Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, today (1st October) during a tour of an innovative greenspace project at Fountainbridge in the heart of Edinburgh.  The project is spending the next five years transforming an unused area of vacant land into a vibrant hub of activity for the benefit of the community and business.

Environment & Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “This additional development funding will help to continue delivering the Central Scotland Green Network programme on the ground in order to create quality greenspace for people and business. 

“Projects which receive funding will be those that can deliver a contribution to the economy and improve the quality of life for local communities through transforming, for example, vacant and derelict pieces of land and furthering active travel opportunities across the central belt.”

Over the past five years, the CSGN Development Fund has supported over 150 projects with almost £5.3 million. 

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said:
“This significant extension to our Development Fund will ensure the CSGN continues to support a wide range of environmental enhancements across the central belt of Scotland, to create valuable greenspace resources for local communities to enjoy.

“We are encouraging organisations in central Scotland to apply for funding to bring previously unused pieces of vacant and derelict land back into beneficial use and this year’s fund is also looking for projects which deliver a boost to active travel and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities.” 

The closing date for applications to the CSGN Development Fund is Wednesday 26th November 2014.  

For further information visit the Development Fund page.