Legacy 2014 funding available to Encourage Physical Activity


There are a range of funding programmes available through the Legacy 2014 project, that covers a variety of sectors and interests, including sport and recreation, the environment, community regeneration and the arts. For example:

The Legacy Active 2014 fund has £10 million fund to help build or upgrade places within communities where people can go to get active or take part in sport

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme Open Fund has been set up so individual artists, community-led groups and arts organisations can to apply for awards that could range from £20,000 up to £300,000 to develop a vibrant creative programme in Glasgow and across Scotland.

BIG Lottery 2014 Communities Fund is a micro-grant programme offering £300 to £2,000 to grass roots sports and community organisations to encourage more people to take part in sport or physical activity.

 There is more information available on the Legacy 2014 website.

Learning Outdoors Fund 2012/13


By the closing date of 11 January, well in excess of 200 schools and nurseries had applied for funding. So far, on behalf of the funders Forestry Commission Scotland, we have awarded payments to 155 schools to the value of £52,000.

Early applicants have started feeding back and we hope to share some of their experiences on the website in the coming months. Funding to buy water proof clothing has been one of the main requests this year.

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Community Project Fund 2012 Winners


33 community projects have each been awarded up to £2000 of funding support from the 2012/13 round of the CSGN Community Projects Fund. Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, the CSGN Community Projects Fund is designed to engage local communities in the delivery of green network improvements on the ground in order to promote increased community use and maintenance of local greenspace.

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West Lothian Council Sign CSGN Concordat


West Lothian became the first Council in 2013 to sign up to the CSGN local authority Concordat when the Council Leader and Chief Executive met up with CSGN Chair, Keith Geddes, on 15 January to take receipt of their Concordat. Following the ceremony, Council staff and members of local community groups showed the Chair around part of Livingston’s blue/green network to learn about what has been achieved and is still planned along the Dedridge Burn.

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Vacancy: CSGN Graduate Placement

The Central Scotland Green Network is a national development within the National Planning Framework that aims to make a significant contribution to Scotland's sustainable economic development. It seeks to change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

We currently have a placement opportunity to support our work across the CSGN.

CSGN Graduate Placement
(£7.20 p/h, dependent upon skills and experience)

This is a fixed term appointment for six months to assist in the delivery of CSGN communications and engagement. The post is intended to be full time (35 hours per week) but we would consider reduced hours, to an equivalent of 21 hours per week, to secure the right candidate for the post. The post will be responsible for researching further information on projects receiving CSGN funding in order to populate a database. This will include details of project locations, written descriptions, and key search engine words and the creation of content from this for the CSGN website, newsletter and other PR and social media outlets. The post will also assist with online media co-ordination and providing communications support for the CSGN.

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New staff for Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership (LFGNP)


LFGNP is delighted to announce that two new staff took up posts in early December. Paul Sizeland, is the new LFGNP Manager and Alison Chisholm, is the new LFGNP Development Officer. Both will be based at Swanston with Edinburgh & Lothians Green Space Trust.

Paul and Alison are looking forward to leading and developing the next phase of the Partnership which will be to work with partners, communities and landowners to advance the strategic work already in place under the forest and woodland strategies and strategic development plans to realise deliverable partnership projects across the region.

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Four More Councils Sign CSGN Concordat

csgn concordat - east ayrshire council

12 December was a busy day for the CSGN Chair, with signing ceremonies with key representatives of Falkirk, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire Councils.

In signing up to the Concordat, each Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, as expressed through the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s second National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer.

Each Council has pledged to:

  • Embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans - most notably in Single Outcome Agreements, Community Plans and development plans; and
  • Develop and enhance its partnership work to realise the CSGN.

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