Some of the central belt’s most deprived and derelict areas could be in for a facelift thanks to a cash boost from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) development fund.
£750,000 is being made available in 2011 for projects leading to a transformation of areas suffering from multiple deprivation, lack of access to greenspace and blight of vacant and derelict land.
Bids for the funding, which also enhance enterprise and regeneration, promote healthier lifestyles and build stronger communities, will be given higher priority.
Announcing the funds, Environment & Climate Change Minister Roseanna Cunningham said:
“The CSGN is Europe’s biggest greenspace initiative which aims to transform the central belt of Scotland into a more attractive place to live and do business in.
“It has the potential to make a marked change to 3.5 million people living in the area, that’s 70 per cent of the Scottish population.
“The previous funding round was hugely popular and already 72 projects have been supported, helping to kick-start the programme of transformation.
“Such was the demand we have now made a further £750,000 available to help build momentum.”
The development fund is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, who are both lead partners for the CSGN.
The CSGN stretches from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west through to Fife and East Lothian in the east.
The whole project is one of the Scottish Government’s key 14 National Developments, designated in the 2nd National Planning Framework.
Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said:
“This additional funding is a fantastic boost and takes the amount of money awarded to organisations in Central Scotland so far to almost £2.1 million.
“A further £750,000 is a significant contribution to local projects and will go a long way to improving the landscape of Central Scotland.
“We welcome bids from local organisations that need additional funding to create a greener central Scotland to live, work and do business.”
Further details of how to apply for the funding are available at www.forestry.gov.uk/csgndevelopmentfund with a closing date of 31st May 2011.