In 2013/14 the Community Projects Fund provided one off grants of up to £3000 to support small scale projects at grass roots level to improve their local greenspace and enhance the quality of the environment. The fund, which was supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, was directed at projects which would benefit and/or engage with children and young people.

26 environmental community projects across the central belt of Scotland received a share of the £60,244 CSGN Community Projects Fund. Additionally six of the projects also received tailored advice/support to further develop their work with children and young people.  This element of the programme was led by greenspace scotland working with Grounds for Learning, Play Scotland, TCV Scotland and Youth Scotland.

Forestry Commission Scotland asked greenspace scotland to undertake a review of the fund to help inform future thinking. The report provides a light touch evaluation of the projects and describes and reviews the advice and support given by the support consortium to the six groups. The report recommends that any further rounds of funding should allow for a capacity building and support programme to be provided at the pre-application phase of the grant programme. This will help ensure stronger applications building on the technical advice and experience of the support providers. You can read the report in full here:

CSGN Community Projects Fund 2013/14 Report

Case studies capturing the achievements of eight of the projects can be found here:

St Albert’s Primary School

Friends of Montgomery Street Park

Larbert and Stenhousemuir Environmental Response Group

St Bernadette’s Primary School

Onthank Tenants and Residents Association

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative

Friends of the Plantation

Ferguslie Pre-Five Centre

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