CSGN Development Fund

About the CSGN Development Fund 2016/2017

The 2016/2017 CSGN Development Fund is managed by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, with funding provided by Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government. It aids the development and implementation of projects delivering the Central Scotland Green Network on the ground.

CSGN Project Award Summary

18 projects have been awarded over £430,000 to transform the local environment and add value to the economy. Download the project award summary to find out about each project that received a CSGN Development Fund grant:

CSGN Development Fund 2016/17 project award summary 

Project Eligibility

To be eligible, projects were required to meet the following criteria:

  • They contribute to the delivery of the outcomes and ambitions of the CSGN Vision
  • They are strategic, meeting a clearly identified need
  • They will deliver (or are likely to lead to) transformational improvements on the ground

Projects were to deliver at least one of the following priorities: 

Trees, Woodlands and Green Infrastructure:

  • Projects that deliver or lead to woodland creation, management or enhancement, especially for community use. Or
  • Projects with communities that help maintain previously funded CSGN capital investments in woodland infrastructure. Or;
  • WIAT projects comprising capital works that don’t have an FGS WIG Standard Cost.

Community Growing

  • Formal or informal food growing projects with a focus on community lead activities or engaging local communities and encouraging the Good Food Nation ethos (that people in Scotland are able to buy, eat and serve food that is affordable, healthy and sustainable).

Strategic Routes

  • SNH has supplied baseline maps for CSGN showing the key opportunities that the fund will support (and the urban/rural backdrop) in the following ways:
    • feasibility studies for routes or major sections throughout CSGN;
    • capital works in urban areas for route enhancement and development in urban areas (including signage and promotion, and green network creation and enhancement along routes)
  • Supplementary resources provided by SNH:

Active Travel

  • Projects should focus on improving or creating functional access routes passing through or leading to the development of green networks, greenspace or countryside and associated green infrastructure.

Projects that delivered multiple priorities were to be favoured.

In addition, projects that contribute to the following additional NPF3 outcomes were prioritised:

  • Vacant & Derelict Land – Greening (including temporary greening) of vacant or derelict land registered on the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Register.
  • Disadvantaged Communities – Community growing, environmental or access improvements. These projects are likely to be located in or around communities in the 15% most deprived datazones (nationally) according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Support was available for feasibility projects as well as physical projects.

Successful projects were required to be able to demonstrate that (at the time a full application is submitted) all the necessary permissions and match funding were in place/agreed. Projects can start from 1 April 2016 and must be completed and claims submitted by the end of February 2017.

Previous Projects Awarded Funding

You can read about each of the projects that has received Development Funding in our Project Archive.

In addition the following reports provide an annual overview of the funds.

CSGN Development Fund 2015 - Awarded Project (43 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2014 - Awarded Project (138.0 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2013 - Awarded Project (165.3 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2013 - Achievements (169.0 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2012 - Awarded Project (165.39 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2012 - Achievements (179.0 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2011 - Awarded Project (147.7 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2011 - Achievements (162.19 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2010 - Awarded Project (182.1 kB)

CSGN Development Fund 2010 - Achievements (224.18 kB)

Additionally, a selection of projects that have been successful in securing CSGN funding have been developed into case studies and might interest you if you are considering applying in future.