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Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund

Park developed on old industrial site in Edinburgh

Round 2 of the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund is now open for applications. The closing date is Tuesday 3 April 2018 at midnight. 

The Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund (GICEF) was launched in early 2017. It provides £0.3 million of ERDF funding is available through a competitive selection process. We are aiming to fund at least 5 projects throughout Scotland.

The GICEF aims to help communities to make better use of their greenspace, or to develop their own ideas for how it could be improved.

The main eligibility criteria for the fund are:

  • Projects must be located in urban areas of 10,000 or more (large Scottish towns and cities), and in the 15% most deprived areas according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation(the 15% threshold is 1046).
  • The total eligible project costs must be a minimum of £50,000 and a maximum of £120,000.
  • The minimum threshold for grant is 10% of total project cost.
  • The maximum threshold for grant is 40% for the Lowland and Uplands (LUPS) and 60% for projects in Highlands and Islands (H&I).
  • The maximum grant we can therefore award is £48,000 for most of Scotland, and £72,000 in the Highlands and Islands.
  • The proposed project work must be stand alone and new in some way.

The outcomes for urban communities we are seeking through the GICEF across Scotland are:

  • Communities understand and engage with their green places.
  • People understand how green infrastructure provides benefits for their community.
  • Influence of communities on green infrastructure (GI) development increases.
  • Community ownership and empowerment increases, leading to full potential of green infrastructure being realised.
  • Communities want to share their experiences of green infrastructure.

We are looking to fund projects which have a clear legacy and positive impacts which will be realised beyond the period of GICEF money being provided. These projects may be the first step towards further green infrastructure being developed, more extensive community engagement or complementary to wider plans and strategies for the community.

A number of approaches for on-going community engagement are suggested - these should be viewed as a starting point as we are keen for you to come to us with your own ideas:

  • Art-based – artist working with a community to understand, develop and document their story of engagement and relationship with GI to date, and where they want it to go.
  • Citizen-science - communities supported by a scientist to explore and document the changes in their local environment as a result of engagement with GI, or to document changes in thinking and future planning.
  • Participation and Activity - communities could be supported to develop activities and enterprises associated with their GI.
  • Volunteering and skills development – development of local skills through volunteering or skills development programmes, which involve direct engagement with local GI, or learning elsewhere and transferring that learning to their local area.
  • Nature-based - focusing on developing people’s understanding and appreciation of urban nature, communities in areas of GI funding would be supported to explore and engage with their local biodiversity through surveys, nature walks, mini-beast adventures, wetland activities (clean-ups, pond-dipping, etc.), increasing habitat for biodiversity through active community management and celebrating nature through events.
  • Ecosystems - Communities could be supported to explore the ecosystem services provided by their green infrastructure and to consider how they can benefit from its improvement.

Examples of projects which received funding through Round 1 of the GICEF can be found here.

If you are interested in making an application, please contact us by email to be assigned to a GICEF Support Officer who will be in touch to discuss your project idea.

You can download a copy of the GICEF Application GuidanceApplication Form and Financial Summary.  Please note that the Application Form and Financial Summary are non-writeable and should you wish to apply you will need to request an Application Form which we’ll set up for you and supply along with the Financial Summary spreadsheet and other templates you may wish to use in preparing your application. The Application Guidance, Application Form and Financial Summary have been substantially revised since Round 1 of the GICEF so please make sure you refer only to the current documents when preparing your application.

You will also need to read and refer to the ESIF National Rules on Eligibility of Expenditure. Please note – the version currently available is out of date and does not cover the recent rule changes regarding staffing levels. We will post an update as soon as the revised version is available – in the meantime please see the statement below from The Scottish Government:

The National Rules for European Structural Funds will be updated in early 2018.  This update will allow essential personnel directly engaged in a project for a minimum of 40% of their contracted hours to be considered as eligible direct staff costs; whether full or part-time.   Standard timesheets and methodologies will be provided to record eligible time and calculate eligible costs.  Direct staff do not need to be employed as eligible for the full length of the ERDF project and can be allocated to the project (minimum of 40% of contracted hours in each month) for a specific period of time, provided you can demonstrate their role is essential to delivery of the project.  Further detailed guidance will be provided in the updated National Rules when they are published.

ERDF team, The Scottish Government

When preparing your application please also refer to the following documents:

You will need to tell us about your plans for Communications and Monitoring and Evaluation when you apply, and you need to ensure that you will be able to comply with our requirements in both these areas as well as Data and Information Management and Audit and Compliance should your application be successful.  

We held two open events and a web meeting for potential applicants in January 2018 and the presentations from these are now available below.  Many thanks to those of you who came along to these events and for your interest in the GICEF.

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