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Green Infrastructure Fund - update on future funding round

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The Green Infrastructure Fund team met with colleagues from Scottish Government today to discuss a future funding round for our main Fund, which supports capital infrastructure projects.  This requires Scottish Natural Heritage to apply for a further tranche of funding as part of phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme.  An application is being prepared and will be submitted in the spring.  This will allow us to reopen the Fund for new applications during 2018/19.  At this stage, our expectation is that we will formally launch a new funding round in late summer, with applications to be submitted by the end of November and funding decisions announced by end March 2019.

Although the funding round will not reopen for several months, we are happy to discuss and advise on potential projects in the meantime.  Please contact, and one of our Project & Funding Officers will be in touch.   

The main eligibility criteria for applications will be similar to those we have used previously:

  • Projects must be located in population areas of 10,000 or more.
  • Projects must benefit communities in the 20% most deprived areas according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
  • The total eligible project costs must be a minimum of £650,000.
  • Projects must be seeking an ERDF grant of a minimum of £250,000.
  • The maximum threshold for grant is 40% for projects in the Lowland and Uplands (LUPS) and 70% for projects in Highlands and Islands (H&I).
  • The proposed project work is new and stand alone.
  • The earliest projects can get underway will be spring 2019.
  • Projects must be completed by September 2022.

Projects must deliver against one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improve the quality and accessibility of greenspace through creation of new, additional functionality in existing or new natural and semi-natural habitats; and/or
  • Improve the environmental quality and performance or increase provision of ecosystem services through creating or retrofitting urban greening, particularly where water and urban climate management benefits are integrated and links between greenspaces are established or re-created; and/ or
  • Support greater participation in use or management of greenspace, increase physical activity, volunteering or understanding of nature among a more diverse range of the population by providing new accessibility to greenspace, developing a wider range of greenspace uses, or supporting participation, involvement and promotion activities; and/or
  • Increase economic attractiveness and health benefits by reducing the impact of derelict land and increasing opportunities for active recreation; and/or
  • Reduce inequalities by supporting disadvantaged groups to benefit from greenspace and green infrastructure by targeted improvements, activities and engagement.

Finally, a reminder that our Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund is currently open for applications with a deadline of 3 April 2018.

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