A multi-million pound fund to develop green spaces in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas has been announced by Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown.
The £8.25 million of EU funding will support projects including new nature reserves, parks and green spaces in urban areas, benefiting communities across Scotland. The funding is also to be matched by partners giving an overall investment of up to £20 million.
One of the first two projects to be supported by the programme, The Canal & North Gateway site in Port Dundas in Glasgow, is being delivered by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Chairman of the SNH’s Board, Ian Ross, said: “We’re delighted to be leading on the Green Infrastructure Fund as we’re ideally placed, given our existing work, to advise on green space and green networks. This scale of funding for green infrastructure has never been available before in Scotland and it should make a real difference to people’s lives by providing wonderful green spaces.”
The Green Infrastructure Fund is looking for projects, involving communities right from the start, throughout delivery and into the future.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, said: “Publicly accessible green spaces are hugely important, especially in our urban areas. This European funding is specifically targeted at areas with a population of over 10,000 and will be channeled into some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities. I look forward to seeing applicants take advantage of the significant opportunity this represents.”