One-off grants of up to £1,000 from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Community Project Fund will go to support small-scale projects. The CSGN Community Project Fund aims to increase community use of local greenspace, particularly within disadvantaged communities.
Some 39 grass-roots projects throughout the CSGN area have received £34,470 funding through the programme, ranging from conservation and educational schemes, such as developing a safe natural learning space for children, community gardens for local groups to tend, and biodiversity activities such as planting and improvements to ponds and wetlands to protect local wildlife.
Keith Geddes, chair of the trust, said: "The standard of applications to this year's fund was fantastic and we have awarded the grants to a wide range of greenspace activities right across the central belt, from projects supporting outdoor learning and natural play to those promoting community growing and biodiversity.
"Small-scale local initiatives are instrumental in achieving our goal of creating a high-quality green network across central Scotland to improve the quality of life for local communities."
The project fund is administered by CSGNT in partnership with the Greggs Foundation, using funds raised through the carrier bag charge in Greggs stores.
Tracy Lynch, manager of the Greggs Foundation, said: "Supporting the CSGN Community Project Fund feels like a natural decision for the Greggs Foundation – it is perfectly aligned to our vision which is to make a difference to people in need in the heart of our local communities.
"We look forward to working together and helping to improve not only the environment, but the quality of life for the local communities that will benefit from these worthwhile projects."