New Green Fund to Boost Scotland’s Coastal Communities

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Scotland: The Sustainable Communities Fund opens for applications on Friday. via STV Edinburgh

Posted August 4, 2020

Projects that could benefit include local activities to reduce flood risk, pollution or carbon emissions.

A new fund designed to boost local jobs in the wake of Covid-19 while also protecting Scotland’s coastline has been launched.

The Sustainable Communities Fund, which opens for applications on Friday, is offering a number of ‘green’ grants for local projects which increase biodiversity or reduce flood risk, pollution or carbon emissions.

Made up of two different programmes, Crown Estate Scotland say they expect a combined total investment of £750,000 over the next three years.

The Community Capacity Grants Programme, open to all communities within five miles of Scotland’s coastline or one of Crown Estate Scotland’s four rural estates, will provide early stage financial support for community projects that will contribute to local regeneration and sustainable development.

Grants will range between £10,000 and £50,000, with a total of £150,000 being made available in the first year of the programme.

The Environment Grants Programme, available to Crown Estate Scotland tenants, will provide grants of between £5000 and £20,000 for projects that can deliver demonstrable environmental benefits within 18 months of receiving the award.

A total of £100,000 will be made available for this programme in the first year.

Crown Estate Scotland, a public corporation that manages land and property on behalf of Scottish ministers, is responsible for 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies and forestry in Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirthand and Whitehill.

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Source: coastalnewstoday