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Statement from Iain Rennick, our Head of Green Infrastructure Fund

Thank you for your interest in the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund (GICEF). We have taken the decision to postpone the launch of our second funding round of the GICEF and the accompanying open events planned for 3 and 7 August in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.

Glasgow Stalled Spaces

Local groups and organisations across Glasgow are invited to submit proposals for temporary activation of any stalled or underused open spaces in the city. Glasgow City Council is looking for innovative and socially engaged projects to help breathe life into a stalled space.

Closing date 18 August.

Claypits Local Nature Reserve

We are well on the way to our Learning Lessons event for organisations who have applied for Green Infrastructure Funding, staff from sister Strategic Interventions, partners from Scottish green infrastructure (GI) network, organisations that are potential applicants in future funding rounds.

As we move to the delivery phase of the Green Infrastructure project, opportunities are emerging to tell others about what we are doing, and in turn to learn from their experience. In May, we were pleased to be invited to attend a major conference in Essen organised by German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Cyclists at Applecross Basin - Canal & North Gateway Project - Glasgow City Council and Scottish Canals

The Green Infrastructure Strategic Investment is a unique opportunity for SNH to create and improve green infrastructure on a major scale and to demonstrate how it can make a real difference to the lives of people in areas where it is most needed.

In 2017, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) awarded £5.8 million from its Green Infrastructure Fund to seven projects that will improve local green space in some of the most deprived, urban areas in Scotland. Match funding from other sources will result in a total investment of £19.6 million.

Five of the seven new projects are in west Central Scotland at Possilpark, Easterhouse, Clydebank, Castlemilk & Fernhill, and Cardonald. The other two projects are at Middlefield in Aberdeen and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The projects were chosen because of their good green infrastructure design, their strong links to neighbouring communities and the range of benefits they will bring to the areas where they are based.

Derelict land in West Dunbartonshire

The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention is part of the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Scotland programme and aims to bring transformative change to some of Scotland’s most deprived urban areas through funding the creation of multifunctional green infrastructure.

urban park on former industrial site.

Scottish Natural Heritage is giving organisations another opportunity to apply for funding for projects helping communities make the most of their local greenspaces.

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This morning, Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands announced that five projects across Scotland have been successful in their bids for finance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support innovative hubs which facilitate the shift towards active or low carbon modes of travel and transportation.

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