Supported by the Greggs Foundation with £20,500 and the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) with £20,000, the £40,500 CSGN Community Project Fund will provide one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment.
The fund aims to increase community use of local greenspace, particularly within disadvantaged communities, which can have a positive impact on the quality of life for local residents.
Over 40 grass-roots projects will receive funding through the programme and these can range 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.
Woodland arts activities and feasibility projects can also apply for the funding, as well as any other new and innovative ideas which engage local communities.
Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network, said: "The CSGN Community Project Fund will support local groups in delivering the CSGN vision on the ground, in order 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 available grants can be used for a wide range of activities including outdoor learning, community growing and biodiversity, and we're also looking forward to hearing about other creative and innovative projects which capture the imagination of the local community and encourage people to use and enjoy their local greenspace."
The fund is administered by CSGNT in partnership with the Greggs Foundation, using funds raised through the carrier bag charge in Greggs stores.
A Greggs spokesperson said: "Supporting the CSGN Community Project Fund feels like a natural decision for Greggs and is perfectly aligned to our social responsibility commitment – making a difference to our local communities. We look forward to working together and making a difference by helping to improve the local environment."
Groups can apply for funds up to £1,000 for projects carried out within the CSGN boundaries. The deadline for applications is noon on 22 March.
For further information visit www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org/cpf.